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Mount Airy City School Teachers Awarded Bright Ideas Education Grants

Mount Airy City School Teachers Awarded Bright Ideas Education Grants


Four educators in Mount Airy City Schools recently learned that they had been awarded a Bright Ideas Education Grant the Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation. Employees with Surry-Yadkin EMC made surprise stops to the winning teachers during the last couple of weeks.


These grants provide funding for innovative classroom projects within the membership.


Mount Airy High School had three teachers who were awarded Bright Ideas grants for their projects.


Jennifer Jones received $429 to immerse her World Literature students in other cultures with “No More Bland Books: Spicing Up World History.” The funding will supply a 12-month Universal Yums subscription box, one new country in each box, with snacks for her students to sample.


A $600 grant provided to Brittany Branch will allow her to create a hydroponics classroom experience so students can learn about horticulture and how they can be grown quickly through the hydroponics method. The plants grown in the science classroom will be used by the food and nutrition students to create food dishes.


Sarah Knott was granted $350 for her project, “Taking Physical Education to the Backyard.” The money will allow her to teach students how to have fitness in their backyard using picnic and backyard games in her physical education class.


Educator Dalton Tedder, with Mount Airy Middle School, was awarded a grant of $298.58. This funding will be used by Tedder to purchase GoPro cameras so students can create videos that help each other review math topics. The videos will be shared on a YouTube channel accessible by the students throughout the year.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $12.2 million in Bright Ideas funding for nearly 11,700 projects supporting teachers and benefitting more than 2.3 million students.