Bright Ideas Grant Winners Announced
Article was added on Friday, November 06, 2009
Eleven area teachers were recently surprised when Santee
Electric Cooperative employees showed up at their schools with up
to $1000 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
The winners included Crystal Mercer at Williamsburg Academy,
Danielle Culick and Aimee Shute at Walker Gamble Elementary School,
Holly Williamson at W.M. Anderson Primary School, Melinda White and
Carline Poston at Hannah Pamplico Middle School, Urica Brown at
Georgetown High School, Sheri Sims at East Clarendon Middle School
and Latavia Brown, Natalie Robinson and Michelle Burks at D.P.
Cooper Elementary School. Santee Electric Cooperative employees,
armed with balloons, flowers, goody bags and "big checks," arrived
at the schools in the "Prize Patrol" van. Many surprised teachers
and students were thrilled when the doors of their classroom opened
and a co-op representative announced they were winners!
"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, $10,965 was awarded to seven schools in Williamsburg,
Georgetown, Clarendon and Florence counties. All classroom
educators are eligible to apply if they teach 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 are limited to one application per school year.
Check to see
when the applications can be submitted for next year!
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