MONROE – More than 3,800 Union County students will benefit from the Bright Ideas grants awarded by Union Power Cooperative during surprise visits to classrooms in November and December.
Union Power Cooperative granted $22,000 this year to area teachers for their bright ideas.
The Bright Ideas grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects in grades K-12 that would not otherwise be funded.
Union Power congratulates Union County winners:
• Tiffany Medford and Tracy Price, from Piedmont High, won $2,000 for their project, “Glass Transformations.”
• Susan Samsel and Cheryl Nebel, from Wolfe School, won $1,222 for their project, “Inclusive Tablet Time.”
• Teresa Higgins, from Wingate Elementary, won $135 for her project “Lighting up the Minds Eye.”
• Joya Wortham, from Wingate Elementary, won $508 for her project “My Sisters Keeper.”
• Adam Haas, from Rocky River Elementary, won $1,000 for his project “Observing the Unseen.”
• Andrew Starnes and Alicia Swackhamer, from Union Virtual, won $484 for their project “Seeing with my own Eyes, Virtually Everywhere.”
• Eddie Mull, from Sun Valley High, won $1,569 for his project “Solar Electric Pet Shelter.”
• Chris Roncone and Stacy Corday, from Marvin Ridge High, won $1,797 for their project “Souper Students Helping the Hungry.”
• Marianne Conti, Sarah Mintz, Kelly Hagerman, Amanda Ball and Tracy Vargas, from Poplin Elementary, won $500 for their project “Thankful Thursdays.”
• Susan Helms, Stacy Ferguson and Morgan Miles, from Union Academy High, won $1,750 for their project “The Trail of Native Americans on School Grounds.”
“Through these innovative and creative ideas, students are engaged in learning in the classroom,” said Carrie Stroud, vice president of marketing and communications at Union Power. “We are thankful we can help strengthen our communities through programs like Bright Ideas.”
Union Power Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative, which provides electric service to more than 75,000 member accounts in Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Rowan counties.