Grant winners announced
Article was added on Thursday, December 17, 2015
Several 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 flowers, goody
bags and "big checks," visited Manning High School, Manning Early
Childhood Center, DP Cooper Charter School, Kenneth Gardner
Elementary, Kingstree Middle Magnet, Hemingway MB Lee Middle
School, Andrews High School, Georgetown High School, Kensington
Elementary, Johnsonville High School, Main Street Elementary
School, Ronald E. McNair Junior High School and The Carolina
Academy in the "Prize Patrol" van to surprise the 2015 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!
Bright, excited educators have come up with numerous ways to
utilize these funds to teach their students. Lee Floyd of
Johnsonville High School will make learning exciting and practical
by allowing his carpentry class to create a new stadium entrance.
George Geer and Elizabeth Bourne will immerse students at Andrews
High School in the world of computer hardware and software, while
Micheal Haynes, Tammy Kubula, and Stacey Bell will teach students
to grow an organic garden at Manning High School. Legos for
imagination and real world connections are the route Keyanna
Hampton of Main Street Elementary School and Keitt Easterling and
Fletcher Bazemore of Kensington Elementary will go to involve their
students in learning.
Many teachers are also enhancing science curriculum through the
"Bright Ideas" grants. Urica Brown at Georgetown High School's
grant was named Using Gizmos and Gadgets to teach physics while
Lisa Holden-Smalls at Ronald E. McNair Junior High School titled
her grant Wind Power and will allow students to discover ways of
creating a wind turbine. At Kenneth Gardner Elementary School,
Chelsea Beck wrote a grant titled Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
in order to purchase weather tools for her fourth graders.
Other teachers will integrate science topics with other subjects
such as the arts, writing and math. With her grant Lurena Bynum
will allow students to use technology, math manipulatives and craft
items to create a garden. Jennifer Maples, Amanda Cullars, and
Debbie Ipock will collaborate in art and writing to help students
create Claymation films.
A few teachers will even use the grant for teaching art, history
and critical thinking skills. Samantha Bentley at DP Cooper Charter
School will improve language, reading, and writing skills by using
document-based questions. At The Carolina Academy, Andrea Atkinson,
Chrissy Tanner and Mary Godwin will use grant money to help produce
a theatre class production of "The Wizard of Oz." Martha Rhodes of
Kingstree Middle Magnet School, asking for technology to provide
students the opportunity to produce a television show, also
excelled in her grant writing skills and her students will benefit
from the grant she received.
Finally two grants will provide for the needs of special needs
students. Mary Owens and Kim Avant at Hemingway MB Lee Middle will
provide Moby Max Tablets to special education students. At Manning
Early Childhood Center Carlette Morris, Jennica Greco, and Robin
Prothro will provide stimulation stations for students with sensory
In all, $14,021.00 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 12 in the co-op's four-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.
To apply for next year's grant, keep an eye on santee.org during
August when the application will be made available.
Manning Early Childhood
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