2014 Bright Idea's Winners Announced
Article was added on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Fifteen 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," visited Kingstree Senior High
School, WM Anderson Primary School, Kenneth Gardner Elementary, DP
Cooper Elementary School, Williamsburg Academy, C.E. Murray Middle
School, Andrews Elementary School, Georgetown High School
Plantersville Elementary School, Hemingway Elementary School and
Johnsonville Middle School in the "Prize Patrol" van to surprise
the 2014 Bright Ideas winners. Many surprised teachers and students
were thrilled when the doors of their classroom opened and a co-op
representative announced they were winners!
Missie McCutchen, Rebecca Cox, Felicia Patrick, Derrike Black, Eric
Ziemba, Charmaine Elmore, Verbiatene Weaver, Latetia Staggers,
Lauriell Royster, Robin Grubb, Jamie Nunnery, Shelby Martin,
Kaitlyn Anderson, Anthony Pressley, Latavia Brown, Latoya Nelson,
Anthony Pressley, Ronald Moore, Urica Brown, Ruthy Filchak, Amelia
Marsh, Mary Montgomery, Kelly Kennedy, Denise Owens and Mirandi
Squires are bright, excited educators who come up with numerous
ways to utilize these funds to teach their students.
"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, $13,934.32 was awarded to schools in Williamsburg,
Georgetown, Clarendon and Florence counties. All certified
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
Go to www.facebook.com/santeeelectric
to see pictures of the winners.
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