Bright Ideas grant for local teacher

Bright Ideas grant for local teacher
January 05
00:00 2013

A Forsyth County educator is among the winners of EnergyUnited’s Bright Ideas education grants.

Mitzi Talbert, a teacher at Flat Rock Middle School, recieved a $1318.22 grant for a project called “Making History Come Alive.”

[pullquote]Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come.[/pullquote]In all, $40,000 in grants were awarded to 27 projects in Alexander, Catawba, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rockingham, Rowan and Stokes counties. According to EnergyUnited – which provides power to more than 120,000 customers in Winston-Salem and several other North Carolina towns and cities – more than 6,000 students will take part in the grant-funded projects.

Bright Ideas education grants, sponsored by EnergyUnited and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, are available to North Carolina teachers for innovative, hands-on, classroom projects that may not otherwise be funded.

Winning projects also include anti-bullying initiatives, Raider Pride Television, CPR instruction and iPads for therapy with K-5 students who are identified with speech and/or language delays/deficiencies, among others.

“We’re thrilled to award these dedicated educators with Bright Ideas grants,” said H. Wayne Wilkins, CEO of EnergyUnited. “Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come.”

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $7.9 million to teachers across the state. The Bright Ideas program has reached more than 1.4 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 7,700 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2013.

To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit or the Bright Ideas web site at

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