Special to Iredell Free News

EnergyUnited has awarded nearly $45,000 to 46 North Carolina teachers through the NC Bright Ideas education grant program. Teachers in Alexander, Cabarrus, Catawba, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Stokes counties will now be able to effectively implement innovative classroom projects that will impact thousands of students.

“EnergyUnited is committed to delivering a brighter future for our communities,” said Maureen Moore, communications manager for EnergyUnited. “The NC Bright Ideas program is just one resource that we leverage to support this vision.”

Eleven teachers in Iredell-Statesville Schools were awarded grants totaling more than $10,000. Here’s a list of I-SS grant recipients:

Brawley Middle
Dana Gillis

Celeste Henkel Elementary
Laura Caldwell

East Iredell Middle
Savannah Jackson

Lakeshore Elementary
Kelly Gray

North Iredell High
Pamela Johnson

The Brawley School
Meridith Goldstein

The Brawley School
Alicia Driver

Union Grove Elementary
Heather Chenevey

Union Grove Elementary
Jennifer York

West Iredell High
Rachael Moyer

West Iredell High
Ryne Cooper

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, EnergyUnited has contributed nearly $950,000 to local teachers.

EnergyUnited is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. During the month of November, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants.

Since 1994 North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $13.6 million to North Carolina teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2.7 million North Carolina students and sponsored nearly 13,000 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year from April 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 2021.


To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit www.energyunited.com/bright-ideas-program.

About EnergyUnited

EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is the largest electric cooperative in North Carolina serving more than 131,000 metering points. Headquartered in Statesville, EnergyUnited provides electric service in portions of nineteen counties in west central North Carolina which include Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin. Visit EnergyUnited online at www.energyunited.com to learn more.


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