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Colquitt EMC Awards Bright Ideas Grants to Area Teachers

posted Oct 4, 2015, 2:02 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation awarded six area teachers each with $1000 Bright Ideas education grants.

Out of 35 applicants, Sandi Parrish of Pine Grove Elementary School and Beth Baker of Pine Grove Middle School were among the winning teachers.  On Friday, they were surprised in their classrooms and presented with a big check, courtesy of the “Bright Ideas Prize Team” – representatives from Colquitt EMC.

Teachers often have innovative ideas about how learning can be more exciting and interesting for their students but do not always have the resources to implement these projects.  The purpose of the Bright Ideas education grant is to provide funding for those teachers to put their creative plans in action.

Earlier this year, the cooperative invited teachers to submit grant proposals up to $1,000 each for creative lesson plans.  Ms. Parrish created a project exploring static electricity and electricity with weather.  Ms. Baker created a project using bees and beekeeping as an educational tool.

Funding for the grants is made possible through Georgia legislation that allows unclaimed capital credits to be used for education in the communities served by EMC’s.  Colquitt EMC is a member-owned cooperative that provides electricity to over 43.000 members with 64,000 meters in Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes, Tift, and Worth Counties.