Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative has opened the application process for its Bright Ideas grant program for 2014.

The goal of the Bright Ideas program is to energize innovative lessons by educators at local schools. Mid-Carolina awards approximately $16,000 in grants each October to educators who have innovative ideas for their classroom projects. Mid-Carolina Electric sponsors the Bright Ideas program to allow educators to compete for funding outside of often limited school district resources.

The Bright Ideas Grant Patrol makes special visits to grant-winning teachers, surprising them with a check and other prizes to celebrate their awards with the entire school.

“The idea behind Bright Ideas is to help empower good teachers, to provide support outside of normal public school funding for great projects that deserve to be used in the classroom, yet need that extra assistance,” said Mid-Carolina Electric’s CEO Bob Paulling,

The Bright Ideas grant program is open to classroom educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade in Lexington School Districts One, Two and Three; Lexington-Richland School District Five; Saluda County schools; or Pinegrove Elementary, Rhame Elementary, Sandel Elementary, St. Andrews Middle or Columbia High (Richland County) schools.

Applications are available May through August and can be found here. To learn more about MCEC’s Bright Ideas program, contact Lacy Ridgell at (803) 749-6471.

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