Wednesday, 04 November 2020 18:43

Pee Dee Electric celebrates 2020 Bright Ideas winners

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West Rockingham Elementary's Jill Buck was one of four Richmond County educators to receive a Bright Ideas grant from Pee Dee Electric. West Rockingham Elementary's Jill Buck was one of four Richmond County educators to receive a Bright Ideas grant from Pee Dee Electric. Photos by Pee Dee Electric

WADESBORO — Pee Dee Electric was able to "socially distant" surprise educators who won 2020 Bright Ideas Grants.


This year, we awarded $14,115 in Bright Ideas education grants to 11 local teachers to fund engaging projects for their students. More than 1,000 students at schools in Anson, Richmond, Scotland and Stanly counties will benefit from these grants.

Bright Ideas grant applications are accepted by Pee Dee Electric each year from April through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2021.

The Bright Ideas grant program is part of Pee Dee Electric’s ongoing commitment to building a brighter future through community support of education. 

Anson County Winners: 

Peachland Polkton Elementary – Wendy Hildreth, Kelly Miles, Alice Carpenter, and Lora Wyatt

Anson High School – Patty Livingston

Lilesville Elementary – Kayla Boerner

Ansonville Elementary – Justin Jones

Richmond County Winners: (photos below names)

Washington Street Elementary – Whitney Smith 

Morrison Correctional Institute School – Elizabeth Carriker

Fairview Heights Elementary – Rhonda Jenkins 

West Rockingham Elementary – Jill Buck (pictured at top)

Scotland County Winners:

Laurel Hill Elementary – Dina M. Gunnells

Stanly County Winners:

Stanly Middle School – Tamara H. Furr

South Stanly High School – Casey Lemons