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Teachers' Bright Ideas Win Funding!

Innovative learning projects are being funded thanks to $5,859 in Bright Ideas grants awarded recently by Blue Ridge Energy. Bright Ideas is an academic grants program sponsored annually by Blue Ridge Energy to further traditional academic learning in the classroom.

Congratulations to the following teachers on their winning bright ideas:

Megan Lovins of Hudson Elementary, for “Science “COVID STYLE.” This $1,386 grant will give students hands-on experiences and will focus on animal adaptations, rocks, and minerals. Students will get a look at what a biologist and archaeologist do in their careers.

Jeanie Robinson of Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy, for “Voices of the Holocaust.” The grant for $1,144 allows students to learn how the Resistance operated during World War II by recreating and operating an underground newspaper and radio station similar to those used during that time.

Courtney Swanson of Collettsville Elementary, for “Step It Up.” This $929 grant will help students benefit from a social and emotional curriculum that teaches self-management of emotions, relationship building, and conflict resolution.

Rylie Lytle Plaster of Horizons Elementary, for “Grow Your Mindset.” The grant for $1,100 will be used for the construction of a greenhouse that will introduce students to how gardening can help them learn to take care of something other than themselves.

David Brotherton of Hudson Middle, for “Is That Real?” This $1,300 grant will purchase virtual reality headsets to increase interest in healthcare careers by giving students a realistic view of healthcare opportunities.

Blue Ridge Energy awarded an additional $150 to each of the winning schools to assist with COVID-related teaching challenges.

Blue Ridge Energy is part of several North Carolina electric cooperatives providing Bright Ideas grants. Together, they have provided more than $12.9 million for classroom projects impacting over 2.5 million students in North Carolina.