Bright Ideas is Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative's way of "energizing" creativity in the classroom through educators at local schools. Mid-Carolina awards approximately $16,000 in grants each October to educators who have innovative ideas for their classroom projects. Mid-Carolina Electric sponsors the Bright Ideas program to allow educators to compete for funding outside often-limited school district resources.
The "Bright Ideas Grant Patrol" makes special visits to grant winning teachers, surprising them with a check and other prizes to celebrate their awards with the entire school.
"The idea behind Bright Ideas," according to MCEC's CEO Bob Paulling, "is to help empower good teachers, to provide support outside of normal public school funding for great projects that deserve to be used in the classroom, yet need that extra assistance." Thank you all for your hard work and dedication as you strive to brighten the futures of our area youth! Visit us on Facebook to see photos of this years' winners and their students.
Jill Chapman Academy For Success
Angela Leneschmidt Ben Lippen School
James Brown Brookland Cayce High School
Lori Latham Chapin High School
Kary Dufault CrossRoads Intermediate School
Leighton Harris Fulmer Middle School
Michelle Fuller Gilbert Elementary School
Callison English H. E. Corley Elementary School
Megan Stevens H.E. Corley Elementary School
Mary Elizabeth Farmer Heritage Christian Academy
Lori Wenzinger Irmo Middle School
Mike Harlen Lexington Two Innovation Center
Katherine Ketaner Oak Pointe Elementary School
Terri Stackleather Oak Pointe Elementary School
Ashley Owens Pelion Middle School
Brittany Staples Riverbank Elementary School
Kathy Seibert Riverbank Elementary School
Kimberly Lewis Saxe Gotha Elementary School
Aymer Rojas Seven Oaks Elementary School
Beth Banco White Knoll Elementary School
Bright Ideas is open to classroom educators of grades kindergarten through twelve in Lexington School Districts One, Two, Three and Five; Saluda County schools; or Pinegrove Elementary, Rhame Elementary, Sandel Elementary, St. Andrews Middle or Columbia High (Richland County). To learn more about MCEC's Bright Ideas program, contact Lacy Ridgell at 803-749-6471.