Bright Ideas Grant Winners - Carolina Country
January 2022

In November, Tideland EMC presented $13,503 in Bright Ideas Classroom Grants to eight local educators. Over 1,100 students will benefit from the funding of these innovative and hands-on projects.

Bright Ideas winner

 Karen Glass

Terra Ceia Christian School
“Herd That!”

Funds will be used to purchase two market lambs. Students will raise and prepare them for the spring livestock show and sale. Proceeds of the sale will be returned to the school’s Future Farmers of America program for continuing livestock purchases.


Bright Ideas winner

 Sara Wilkinson

Fred Anderson Elementary
“Weather Wizards”

Materials will be purchased for twenty-four student teams to build their own weather stations. Supplemental texts will also be purchased to support the classroom meteorogical studies.


Bright Ideas winner

 Susan Long

Fred Anderson Elementary
“Shhh! We’re Reading”

Sixty copies of four different books will be purchased for fourth graders participating in the school’s novel studies. A new book will be introduced each quarter.


Bright Ideas winner

 Lyndsey Cuthrell

P.S. Jones Middle School
“Operation White Board Learning”

Students will engage in interactive, small group lessons using dry erase tables for collaboration and exploration of math exercises. This hands-on learning promotes classroom attentiveness and gives students an opportunity to teach their peers, reinforcing lessons they have already mastered.


Bright Ideas winner

 Samanatha Parker

Mattamuskeet Elementary
“Walking Classroom”

To promote learning and a healthy active lifestyle, students will be assigned a walk kit with preloaded podcasts of a 20- to 30-minute duration each. After students conclude their walking activity, they will participate in a group discussion and complete written assignments related to their podcast lessons.


Bright Ideas winner

 Heather Summers

Arts of the Pamlico
“Let’s Get Muddy!”

Funds will be used to purchase a pottery wheel and 2,000 pounds of clay for art lessons to benefit more than 250 Beaufort County students, with Arts of the Pamlico providing staffing.


Bright Ideas winner

 Ruffina Rasonabe

Washington County Early College High School
“College Prep Test”

Students in the ninth and tenth grades will take the ACT exam to better prepare for college entrance tests.


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