Through November, Union Power Cooperative officials have been making surprise visits to school classrooms, dropping off donations. As part of the company’s Bright Ideas grant program, Union Power contributed $20,000 to individual schools.
The Bright Ideas grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects in grades K-12 that would not otherwise be funded. The Bright Ideas program funds creative teaching ideas to meet the needs of area students.
“The Bright Ideas program gives teachers a chance to be creative and develop projects specifically to meet the needs of their students,” Union Power Communications Manager Carrie Cameron said. “These grants underwrite educational initiatives the schools could not otherwise afford.”
The following schools and teachers from Union County received awards:
• Benton Heights Elementary – Dawn Moretz won for “Shadow Stories.” $406
• Cuthbertson Middle School – Jennifer Fogle and Shaun Ferron for “Clean Water Project.” $1,400
• Forest Hills High School – Brenda Williams, Christy Burris and Patricia Perkoski for “Forest Hills Going Green.” $1,105
• Piedmont High School – Tracy Price, Susan Helms, Annette Harris, Tim Blair, and Karen Bunch for “A Cross Curricular Art Experience in 3-D.” $2,000
• Piedmont High School – Susan Helms and Tracy Price for “The Sculptural World of Prosthetics.”
• Sardis Elementary – Dee Cochran for “The Reading Cafe.” $324
• Stallings Elementary – Brooke Kramb for “Family Literacy Night.” $2,000
• Weddington High School – Jack Kasell, Shannon Wincheter, Catherine McCloskey, Marie Moore, and Christina Tolention for “Camp Excellence.” $1,300
• Wolfe School – Noreen Mills for “Therapeutic Listening.” $1,534