Central Electric awards grants to teachers for 'Bright Ideas

Central Electric recently awarded $15,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to twelve teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects. More than 3,300 students at local schools will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by Central Electric this year.

“Our Bright Ideas grant recipients are making a real difference for students,” said Morris McClelion, Central Electric CEO & General Manager. “Teachers have so many innovative ideas to engage students in learning, and we’re excited each year to support pioneering initiatives and creativity in the classroom through our Bright Ideas grant program. Central Electric 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.”

Central Electric is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives awarded teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants.

Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $11.5 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2.2 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 11,000 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2019. To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit CEMCPower.com or NCBrightIdeas.com.


Bright Ideas Grant Winner


Grant Name


Amount Awarded

Erin Boecke

Pittsboro Elementary

Student News Broadcast: Building a Collaborative School Community



Daria Fedrick

Bragg St. Academy

Cooperatives are “Cooperative”



Lynne Harward

Crain’s Creek Middle School

If They Build It, They Will Learn: A LEGO Wall for our Media Center



Kimberly Hilliard

Sandhills-Farm Life Elementary

Snapshot of our History



Lauren Manis

Southern Lee High School

Drawing Tablets for Graphic Design Lab in Visual Arts



Angela Mullennix

Cameron Elementary

Creating our Collaboratory



Dee O’Neal

J. Glenn Edwards Elementary

Up, Up and Away!



Wendi Pillars

Jordan Matthews High School

A Sense of Place



Dot Ross-Vaughn

Southern Lee High School

Technology Trending in the Arts



Emma Smith

Broadway Elementary

STEM Lab/Makerspace