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Company accepts Bright Ideas grant applications from teachers

Local educators can apply for a Bright Ideas grant from Pee Dee Electric.

The grants, offered annually to teachers to bring creative classroom learning projects to life,
support innovative projects that energize classroom learning and enhance student success. Educators can learn more and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.

“As students and teachers face the challenges of the past year, we’re pleased to continue our long history of supporting them with grants that fulfill needs in local classrooms,” said Seth Allen, communications specialist of Pee Dee Electric. “As a community-focused organization, we are committed to building a brighter future for our students and our region, and we encourage all educators with ‘bright ideas’ to submit an application.”

Pee Dee Electric awards grants to K-12 teachers across its service area in Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly and Montgomery and counties. Grants of up to $2,000 are available in all subject areas, and teachers can apply individually or as a team.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15. Teachers who submit their application by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards. To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and
evaluation of the project; and have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning. Grant-writing tips can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.

For more than 25 years, Pee Dee Electric has joined North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives in offering Bright Ideas grants to teachers. Since the program began in 1994, educators statewide have received more than $13.6 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and more than 2.7 million North Carolina students have participated in close to 13,000 Bright Ideas-funded projects.