Chaise Swisher, Elkin High School, recently attended the North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grants dinner.
Recognized locally by the Surry-Yadkin EMC, Swisher was one of three recipients who were provided an opportunity to exhibit student projects with co-op leaders and CEO’s from across the state. Greg Puckett, president and general manager of Surry-Yadkin Electric, hosted Swisher and his family at the event as Swisher met with co-workers of Surry-Yadkin EMC.
A formal presentation on the night of the Bright Ideas celebration of grant winners included the opportunity to listen to Charles Swoboda, president and CEO of CREE (a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications), discuss the importance of technology in lighting, electricity and future advancements.
Surry-Yadkin EMC provides power to 27,000 members in Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes and Forsyth counties. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, Surry-Yadkin EMC has contributed more than $100,000 total to local teachers.
“Surry-Yadkin EMC is committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there is hardly a better investment than in the education of our youth and future leaders,” said Adam Martin, manager of Surry-Yadkin public relations.
Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $9.6 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 1.8 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 9,200 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.