Halifax EMC awards more than $7,000 to local teachers through Bright Ideas Education Grant Program

Posted: November 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm

Halifax EMC has awarded $7,279 in Bright Ideas education grants to ten local teachers to fund engaging projects for their students. More than 570 students at schools in Halifax and Warren counties will benefit from these grants.

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, Halifax EMC has contributed more than $179,000 to local teachers.

Typically, these grants bring creative projects to life inside classrooms. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halifax EMC has been flexible with the types of projects awarded to ensure that all students are able to benefit, whether they are in the classroom or learning remotely. Grants are awarded for projects in all subject areas, such as music, art, history, reading, science, math, and more.

Halifax EMC is one of 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina offering Bright Ideas grants to local teachers. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $12.9 million in Bright Ideas funding for nearly 12,359 projects supporting teachers and benefitting more than 2.5 million students.

Bright Ideas grant applications are accepted by Halifax EMC each year from April 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 2021.

The Bright Ideas grant program is part of Halifax EMC’s ongoing commitment to building a brighter future through community support of education.

Follow Halifax EMC on Facebook at @HalifaxEMC to see how programs, such as Bright Ideas, are impacting local students and communities. To learn more about Bright Ideas grants, visit ncbrightideas.com and follow @NCBrightIdeas on Facebook and Twitter.

2020 Halifax EMC’s Bright Ideas Education Grant Winners

Bright Ideas Grant Winner School Grant Name County Amount Awarded
Diane Colin Vaughan Elementary Don’t Stop the Music Warren $1,858
Pamela Richardson Inborden Elementary Learning New Moves Halifax $1,884
Susan Joyce, Tatyana Jackson, Evonne Harrison and Cynthia Mills Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School High School Distance Learning Writing Tablets Warren $2,000
Jacquelyn Ruffin-Pittman, Tracy Brinkley, Kenya Clemonts and Joseph Cirpriano Northwest Halifax High Outdoor Learning Tents Halifax $1,536