ECPS Educators Win "Bright Ideas" Grants

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, the grants have touched the lives of more than 2.2 million students who have participated in 11,000 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $11.5 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives.


The EMC Prize Patrol, consisting of members of the Edgecombe-Martin EMC Volunteer Action Committee, visited classrooms in Edgecombe County where they made presentations to the following teachers:


Matt Smith, Sarah Judy, Brittany White – Edgecombe Early College High School – “Moving off the Grid – Edgecombe Early College Goes Solar” - $800  


Amy Burger – North Edgecombe High School – “Preserving Oral History in North Carolina” - $650


Casandra Cherry – Phillips Middle School – “The Power of Yet – Building Math & Science Esteem” - $800


Rebecca Stokes – West Edgecombe Middle School – “Winner, Winner Literacy Center” - $400


“Edgecombe-Martin County EMC is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth,” said Monica Speight, Communication Specialist form Edgecombe-Martin EMC.  “We’re pleased to award these dedicated educators with Bright Ideas grants. Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come.”