DOBSON — North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, including Surry-Yadkin EMC, are accepting applications for the Bright Ideas grant program. The education grants fund creative, classroom-based learning projects. The final deadline to apply is Sept. 23. However, teachers submitting their completed application by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 15 will have a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards.
“We are proud to support educators whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm impact the lives of so many young people,” said Greg Puckett, executive vice president and general manager at Surry-Yadkin EMC. “Every year we are blown away by our local educators’ drive to create cutting-edge ways to bring learning to life in the classroom, and with Bright Ideas grants and the early bird prizes, we’re excited to offer something in return. We encourage all interested teachers to submit an application by Monday, Aug. 15 for a chance to win an extra $100.”
Teachers can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000, which is part of more than $600,000 in Bright Ideas funding that will be awarded to teachers statewide during the upcoming school year.
The application, grant-writing tips and more information about the Bright Ideas education grant program can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com. Classroom teachers at qualifying schools in Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes and Forsyth counties can apply for grants individually or as a team.
Teachers who submit their application by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards. The early bird prize winners will be notified and recognized on the Bright Ideas website and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncbrightideas.
For more than 20 years, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives have supported teachers and students with Bright Ideas grants. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $10.2 million in Bright Ideas grants funding for more than 9,800 projects benefitting two million students.
“Surry-Yadkin EMC is dedicated to supporting education in our local communities. By giving back to teachers, there is no better way to foster new learning opportunities for our future leaders,” Puckett said.
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. The Bright Ideas education grant program is an example of the electric cooperatives’ commitment to empowering community and advancing education.
Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation provides electricity for approximately 27,000 rural residents and businesses throughout Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes and Forsyth counties. For more information, visit website: www.syemc.com.