Got a bright idea for your classroom?

Got a bright idea for your classroom?

North Carolina's electric cooperatives are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants from creative Tar Heel teachers through September. The co-ops have set aside more than $600,000 to fund innovative classroom projects for the 2012–2013 school year. Teachers can learn more about the program and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.

"The electric co-ops are proud to promote creative learning in North Carolina by giving teachers new resources to reach students and create memorable classroom experiences," said Lindsey Listrom, Bright Ideas coordinator. Last year, the cooperatives collectively funded 580 grants benefiting more than 140,000 students through the program statewide.

Grants are awarded in all subject matters and are intended for classroom-based projects that fall outside normal funding parameters. The maximum grant is $2,000 in most cases, but can vary by the sponsoring cooperative. Teachers who apply by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 17 will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.

Now in its 19th year of giving, Bright Ideas has awarded Tar Heel educators more than $7.9 million to fund 7,700 projects benefiting 1.4 million students.

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