Bright Ideas

Mid-Carolina believes deeply in the power of creativity to ensure a brighter future. Through our Bright Ideas program, we support local educators and their students as they pursue innovative projects in the classroom. Each October we award approximately $16,000 in grants to the winning teachers to help supplement often limited school resources for their creative classroom projects.

Bright Ideas is open to educators in kindergarten through 12th grades in Lexington County School Districts One, Two, Three and Five; Saluda County School District; or Pinegrove Elementary, Rhame Elementary, Sandel Elementary, St. Andrews Middle or Columbia High School in Richland County.

Congratulations to this year’s winners.

  • Elizabeth Stevenson – Centerville Elementary
  • Kary Dufault – Cross Roads Intermediate
  • Renae Aman – Pleasant Hill Elementary
  • Mark Romano – Saluda High
  • Lauren Garner – Pelion High
  • Haylee Boltjes – Saxe Gotha Elementary
  • Craig Andrysczyk – Oak Pointe Elementary
  • Lois Byars – Beechwood Middle
  • Amanda Youmans – Pleasant Hill Elementary
  • Erica Gambrell – Lexington High
  • Megan Schulte – Saluda Elementary
  • Paula Bartholomew – Chapin High
  • Emily Ray – Oak Pointe Elementary
  • Karissa Cockrell – Carolina Springs Elementary

To learn more about Bright Ideas or to apply for grant funding, contact Lacy Ridgell at (803) 749-6471 or