The cooperative’s Bright Ideas Educational Grant Program celebrated it’s 23rd year in 2016. Bright Ideas grants are designed to help provide teachers with specific opportunities to enhance their classroom educational experiences.
Each year Jones-Onslow provides grant applications to teachers and principals, grades K-12, in the 48 public schools in Jones and Onslow counties, as well as the Topsail area of Pender County.
The grants help students learn through innovative scholastic projects that are not covered by regular school funds. Educators may apply for individual grants up to $500 or in teams for grants up to $2,000.
After 2016, the program has awarded over 1,600 grants, totaling just over $1.1 million, to more than 4,800 educators. These funds have had a direct impact on the education of close to 460,000 students in our community.
Grants are awarded based on their effectiveness through innovative and creative teaching methods, ongoing benefits and possibility of replication in other settings, and the direct involvement of as many students as possible without compromising the instructional value.
For more information about the Bright Ideas Program, call Jones-Onslow at (910) 353-1940 or (910) 577-6350 and speak with Paula Redick, the cooperative’s Community Relations and Key Accounts Manager.