Education Grants to Illuminate Students' Lives - Carolina Country
Grants fund nearly 4,300 local student projects January 2021
Grants fund nearly 4,300 local student projects
January 2021

Union Power Cooperative granted more than $20,000 to local teachers for their ‘bright ideas’ — and nearly 4,300 students in Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties will benefit from the Bright Ideas grants awarded in November and December.

The Bright Ideas grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to teachers for innovative, classroom‑based projects in grades K–12 that would not otherwise be funded.

“Teachers in our area have discovered new and innovative ways to support the education of their students during this unprecedented time — which is what the Bright Ideas grant program is all about,” said Carrie Stroud, vice president of communications & marketing at Union Power. “Through these innovative and creative ideas, students can engage in learning inside and outside of the classroom. We are thankful we can help strengthen our communities through programs like Bright Ideas.”

Our continued local community support through these programs help enrich the people and communities we serve and contributes to a brighter future for all.

2020-2021 Bright Ideas Winners

Teacher Name School Grant Name Amount Awarded
Sandy Ku A. T. Allen Elementary A Hub of Learning $1,997
Lara B. Cabaniss Winecoff Elementary P.L.U.G. Into the Zones $1,938
Emily Wheeler Schmidt W.M. Irvin Elementary Vroom! Vroom! Let’s Roll! $593
Carrie Morgan Harold E. Winkler Middle Vocational Training for Students with Special Needs $952
Leila Merrell J.N. Fries Middle Mobile STEM Classroom $1,251
David Parisi Jay M. Robinson High Robotics V5 Coding Initiative $1,486
Zachary Trivett Northwest Cabarrus High Electricity and the Magnetic Field-Electric Guitar $1,804
Brittani Waldrip Central Elementary Central Elementary School Counseling Department $300
Dana Hardeman Albemarle High Safe Haven Project $500
Joanna Gagliardi North Stanly High Sports Medicine Program $1,948
Kelly Nance Prospect Elementary Teach ALL Kids to READ! $1,684
Adam Haas Rocky River Elementary Creating Engineers with “Rube Goldberg” Machines $1,971
Sabrina Parra Rocky River Elementary Dream STEAM Building Engineers $685
Stefanie Carnathan Cuthbertson High Cavalier Cultivator $789
Bethany L. Walker Piedmont High Exploring the Language of Life $1,975
Melissa Cook Union County Early College STEAM Synergy $569

Bright Ideas Education Grants

For more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit Union Power online.

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