The cooperative’s Bright Ideas Educational Grant Program celebrated it’s 24th year in 2017. 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 58 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 2017, the program has awarded 1,647 grants, totaling more than $1.2 million, to some 5,000 educators. These funds have had a direct impact on the education of close to 457,500 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 Assistant Vice President of Community and Public Relations.