2011 Bright Ideas Winners
Article was added on Friday, December 16, 2011
Thirteen area teachers were recently surprised when Santee
Electric Cooperative employees showed up at their schools with up
to $1,000 each in grant money. The money came from a cooperative
grant program called "Bright Ideas," which allows teachers to
compete for funding outside of often limited school district
Santee Electric Cooperative employees, armed with balloons,
flowers, goody bags and "big checks," arrived at Anderson High
School, East Clarendon Middle and High Schools, Georgetown High
School, Kingstree Middle School, Manning Early Childhood Center,
Walker Gamble Elementary School and Williamsburg Academy in the
"Prize Patrol" van to surprise the 2011 Bright Ideas winners. Many
surprised teachers and students were thrilled when the doors of
their classroom opened and a co-op representative announced they
Bright, excited educators have come up with numerous ways to
utilize these funds to teach their students. Isabelle McKnight at
Andrews High School will use her grant for chemistry kits and field
trips. Tiffany Mathews, Laura Flemming and Sheri Sims at East
Clarendon Middle and High schools will use their grants for camera
learning, environmental issues and other valuable lessons.
Urica Brown at Georgetown High School's grant was named
Chemistry of our World while Cynthia McClorin at Kingstree Middle
School titled her grant Digital Story tellers. Book It to the Best
Place to Read was the name of Manning Early Childhood Center
teacher Carla Laney's grant. Three teachers from Walker Gamble
Elementary School, Lynette Barrineau, LeSandra Grimsley and Beth
Yarborough, received grants. Lyn Martin, Elissa Swicord and Missie
McCutcheon, all from Williamsburg Academy also excelled in their
grant writing skills and their students will benefit from the
grants they received.
"The idea behind Bright Ideas," according to SEC's President and
CEO Floyd Keels, "is to empower good teachers and to provide
support outside of normal school funding for deserving classroom
projects that need extra assistance."
In all, $12,886.66 was awarded to schools in Williamsburg,
Georgetown, Clarendon and Florence counties. All classroom
educators were eligible to apply if they taught in grades
kindergarten through twelve in the co-op's 4-county service area.
Teachers were awarded grant money if they could prove in an
application that they had an innovative idea for a classroom
project. Each school was eligible to submit more than one
application, but individual teachers were limited to one
application per school year.
Santee Electric Cooperative adopted this grant project from the
North Carolina Electric Cooperatives and Palmetto Electric
Cooperative, which have awarded more than $2 million since their
program's inception in 1994.
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