Monday, 19 November 2018 15:17

Pee Dee Electric awards grants to educators with 'Bright Ideas'

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Two teachers at West Rockingham Elementary were recently awarded Bright Ideas grants from Pee Dee Electric. Pictured, from left: Willette Surgeon, principal; Tonya Baldwin; Rebekah Burleson; Seth Allen, Pee Dee Electric. Baldwin won a Bright Ideas grant for her "Kindergarten ‘Take-Home’ Math Baggies," and Burleson for her "Are you in the Zone?" fitness testing software and equipment. Two teachers at West Rockingham Elementary were recently awarded Bright Ideas grants from Pee Dee Electric. Pictured, from left: Willette Surgeon, principal; Tonya Baldwin; Rebekah Burleson; Seth Allen, Pee Dee Electric. Baldwin won a Bright Ideas grant for her "Kindergarten ‘Take-Home’ Math Baggies," and Burleson for her "Are you in the Zone?" fitness testing software and equipment. Courtesy: Pee Dee Electric

WADESBORO — Pee Dee Electric is awarding $13,566 in Bright Ideas education grants to eight teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects. More than 3,000 students at schools in Anson, Richmond, Scotland and Stanly counties will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by Pee Dee this year.

“Educators who win Bright Ideas grants are going above and beyond for their students,” said Seth Allen, communications specialist of Pee Dee Electric. “We’re excited to support their innovative and creative learning initiatives through the Bright Ideas program each year.

“Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of Pee Dee’s commitment to the communities we serve,” Allen said.

Pee Dee Electric is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. During the month of November, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants.

Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $11.5 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2.2 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 11,000 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science, technology, history, music and the arts.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning applications are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. Congratulations to the following teachers: Dana Wood, Anson High; Bill Sorenson, South Stanly High; Justin Jones, Ansonville Elementary; Jessica Mager, Sycamore Lane Middle; Tamara Furr, South Stanly High; Dina Gunnells, Laurel Hill Elementary; Tonya Baldwin, West Rockingham Elementary; Rebekah Burleson, West Rockingham Elementary.

Pee Dee’s service area consists of Anson, Richmond, Union, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore and Scotland counties. For more information about Pee Dee Electric, visit www.pdemc.com; like us on Facebook at PeeDeeElectric.NorthCarolina; or follow us on Twitter.com/PeeDeeElectric.

Pee Dee Electric is a not-for-profit cooperative whose goal is to provide reliable, dependable electric service for its members while focusing on value, quality customer service, and enhancing life in the communities we serve.