MONROE – More than 2,900 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 more than $21,000 this year to area teachers for their bright ideas.
The grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in 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 County winners are as follows:
• Maegan Sloan, from Fairview Elementary, won $270 for her project, Music & Science: A Duet for Young Learners.
• Krystle Herrin, from Fairview Elementary, won $1,570 for her project, Parents as Partners.
• Tiffany Medford, from Piedmont High, won $1,694 for her project, Jewelers Inspiring Joy for Tomorrow.
• Annette Harris, from Piedmont High, won $1,000 for her project, Living Spaces – Happy Faces.
• Eddie Mull, from Sun Valley High, won $300 for his project Imagine – Design – Create.
• Amy Erb, from Stallings Elementary, won $1,426 for her project 3-D Printing in 3(r)D Grade.
• Mona Diggs, from Union Elementary, won $1,279 for her project Coding with Ozobots.
• Janna Tolleson, from Wingate Elementary, won $880 for her project Building a Community of Readers.
“Through these innovative and creative ideas, students are engaged in learning in the classroom,” said Carrie Stroud, vice president of communications and marketing at Union Power. “We are thankful we can help strengthen our communities through programs like Bright Ideas.”
Union Power Cooperative provides electric service to more than 76,000 accounts in Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Rowan counties