Rutherford EMC Awards
Bright Ideas Grants to Classroom Teachers
Vol. 16, No. 1 Now Serving 67,452 Members January 2013
Rutherford EMC recently awarded 19 grants, totaling $15,101 to area teachers
for special projects that will enhance learning in their classrooms.
The Bright Ideas grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric coop-
eratives, strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms by award-
ing grants to teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects in grades K-12
that would not otherwise be funded. The annual Bright Ideas awards fund
creative teaching ideas to meet the needs of area students.
With these new grants, Rutherford EMC has now contributed over $295,000
to area schools over the past 19 school years.
Since it began in 1994, the Bright Ideas program has awarded more than
$7.9 million in grant money to the state’s teachers to sponsor more than 7,700
projects reaching over 1.4 million students.
The funds go to public school teachers serving grades K-12, with awards of
up to $1,200 being offered for projects in any discipline.
Bright Ideas grant applications are screened by volunteer judges, including
educators, community leaders and representatives of the co-ops in a competi-
tive evaluation process. Judges across the state reviewed over 1,400 applica-
tions this year.
Projects funded by Rutherford EMC this year are expected to beneﬁt over
2,200 students in their ﬁrst year of operation and hundreds of others in the
This year’s awards locally, including the names of individual and/or team
project winners, their respective schools, and the names of winning projects
are as follows:
• Meghan Phipps; North Liberty School, Morganton; Help Me Find My Voice!
• Brittany Schafer; Valdese Elementary, Valdese; Just Orfﬁn’ Around
• Amber Peterson; W. A. Young Elementary, Morganton; Daily 5: Whisper Phones
• Susan Hollar; Snow Creek Elementary, Hickory; Bits of Excitement for Simple
• Tonya Quick; Mill Creek Middle, Claremont; Pond Area Restoration
• Susan Chapman, Team Leader; Sandra Graves and Judy Thompson; Union
Elementary, Shelby; Awesome Explorers
• Carol Ann Saldo; Grover Elementary, Grover; Electrifying Franklins
• Megan Gorski, Team Leader; Julianne McDowell, Emily Morgan and Casey
Carpenter; Union Elementary, Shelby; Magical Magnetic Forces
• Shi Whisnant, Team Leader; Sandra Womack and Janet Harrill; North Shelby
School, Shelby; Digging Down Deeper
• Sheila Melton, Team Leader, and Rebecca Friend; Piedmont Community
Charter School, Gastonia; Royal Robotics
• Michelle Hersey; Stanley Middle, Stanley; Grow Proﬁcient Readers Through
• Sandra Engbarth, Team Leader; Lindsey Bushkill, Linda Moore and Susan
Brewer; Lowell Elementary, Lowell
• Jordan Trogdon; Webb Street School, Gastonia; Sensory Explosion!
• Donna Belk; Pumpkin Center Intermediate School, Lincolnton; Show the
World What You Know!
• Marlean Duncan; Pleasant Gardens Elementary, Marion; Reading with Fire!
• Heather Church, Team Leader; Tonya Kimbrell and Debra Mitchell; Cliffside
Elementary, Cliffside; Building Bridges in Second Grade
• Cindy Dotson, Team Leader; Sharon Jacob and Leah Buckley; Pinnacle
Elementary, Rutherfordton; Garden Sustainable
• Lecia Greenway; R-S Middle, Rutherfordton; Non-ﬁction “Knights”
• Heather Roche; Thomas Jefferson Grammar School, Forest City; Shocking
Rutherford EMC congratulates all of these Bright Ideas grant winners and
thanks all educators who submitted an application this year. The co-op com-
mends you for the level of interest that you have in making your classrooms
unique for increased learning opportunities.
Carolina Country Rutherford EMC JANUARY 2013 17
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non-demand general service accounts. This option does not require a nor-
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