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UPDATED: SCS Teachers Receive Nearly $20,000 As Bright Ideas Winners!

Posted on 11/22/2021


Twelve teachers in Sampson County Schools were recognized by N.C. Electric Cooperatives as recipients of a Bright Ideas grant award.


Each of the twelve teachers submitted a grant proposal to the South River Electric Membership Corporation Bright Ideas program requesting funds for a classroom project. For more than 25 years, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have helped light up learning in K-12 classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Tar Heel teachers with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an online application from April through September of each year.

A teacher from Union Intermediate School, Andrea Hunter submitted a winning proposal to Four County Electric Membership Corporation. Her classroom project, titled "I’ve Got a Feeling: Exploring School Emotional Learning with Print", earned her $2,000.

During the month of November, local electric cooperatives across North Carolina are awarding Bright Ideas education grants to exceptional K-12 educators with innovative, hands-on learning projects that go beyond the traditional curriculum to create an engaging learning environment for their students. 


Sampson County Schools, South River EMC & Four County EMC Winning Projects for a total of $19,898.54:

  • Hargrove Elementary - Dayna Nemr $910.03, "Putting a Twist on Math: Hands-on Multiplication"
  • Hobbton Elementary - Leslie Lee $1,446.50, "Activate Your Mind", STEM Bins for Morning Work", and "Big Book Reading Nook"
  • Hobbton Elementary - Hollie Davis $2,253.85, "StEM Up Our School"
  • Hobbton Elementary - Misty Wrench $1,433.74, "Learning Made Fun with Transformation Classrooms"
  • Hobbton High - Anda Barefoot $428.95, "Super Fly Science Guys"
  • Hobbton High - Janette Williams $2,477.18, "Wildcat Country Cafe"
  • Lakewood High - Kimberly Mayes $787, "U.S. Biology Teaching Resources and Lab Supplies"
  • Lakewood High - Tiffany Williams $1,874.73, "Effective Communication"
  • Midway High - Susan Citro $2,500, "Body of Knowledge"
  • Midway High - Janelle Cochran $2,500, "Art-Our"
  • Plain View Elementary - Trisha Guin $796.56, "We're Bugging Out Over Insects!"
  • Plain View Elementary - Tiffany Babb $490, "Engage in Nonfiction!"
  • Union Intermediate - Andrea Hunter $2,000 "I’ve Got a Feeling: Exploring School Emotional Learning with Print"




North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives have sponsored Bright Ideas grants since 1994, and collectively, awarded more than $13.6 million, supporting 12,922 projects and benefitting well over 2.7 million students across the state. The grants are one way that electric cooperatives are fulfilling their vision to build a brighter future for members and local communities.

Interested teachers can learn more at or contact their sponsoring co-op. To stay up to date with the Bright Ideas program, follow us on Facebook @NCBrightIdeas or search using #NCBrightIdeas.


group of bright ideas teachers

Pictured above left to right: Lori Lee, Hobbton Elementary, Misty Wrench, Hobbton Elementary, Tiffany Williams, Lakewood High, Anda Barefoot, Hobbton High, Kimberly Mayes, Lakewood High, Tiffany Babb, Plain View Elementary

photo of Andrea Hunter grant winner

Pictured above: Andrea Hunter, Union Intermediate School