Thirty-five LCPS teachers collected nearly $29,000 in Bright Ideas grant awards announced Thursday by Tri-County EMC. In all, the electric membership cooperative distributed 99 grants valued at $83,000 to teachers in Lenoir, Wayne and Duplin counties.
LCPS won the most grants of the three public school districts represented. Fifteen of LCPS’s total went to teachers at Pink Hill Elementary School, who together collected just over $13,000 in awards.
“Pink Hill Elementary greatly appreciates the contribution of the electric co-op members as well as the co-op staff in their generous donations to the Bright Ideas grant initiative,” principal Lee Anne Hardy said. “Our staff pursues grant funding from multiple avenues in order to bring much needed resources to our students. We are committed to actively pursuing resources to better engage our students.”
Schools located in Tri-County’s service area in the three counties are eligible to apply for Bright Ideas grants. Of the nine eligible schools in Lenoir County, eight won awards and brought in $28,782 in additional money to spend on classroom needs.
Schools with grant winners were South Lenoir High, La Grange Elementary, North Lenoir High, Moss Hill Elementary, Banks Elementary, Woodington Middle, E.B. Frink Middle and Pink Hill.
Five LCPS teachers were awarded grants valued at the $1,000 maximum. Among them were:
-- Amy Taylor, an exceptional children’s teacher at Pink Hill, plans to use the money to purchase recess equipment that meets her students’ special physical and developmental needs. “The goal of this project was to provide a ‘worry free, no limit’ recess time for students with disabilities.”
-- Jean Turner plans to use the grant to build science centers for her second-grade students at Pink Hill in a program she calls “Discovery Learning.”
-- Matthew Henderson, a sixth-grade science teacher at Frink, will use his $1,000 to build raised-bed gardens around the middle school’s campus to grow flowers and vegetables.
Since beginning the Bright Ideas program in 1994, Tri-County has awarded 1,501 grants valued at $1.3 million.
This year’s winners from LCPS and the amount of their awards are:
-- South Lenoir – Ryan Gardner, $634.35, and Joseph Noble, $584
-- La Grange Elementary – Katherine T. Sowers, $403.20, and Lisa Davis, $988
-- North Lenoir High – Lee Holder, $975.37, and Kim Hipkiss, $1,000
-- Moss Hill Elementary – Donna E. Smith, $983.98, and Wesley T. Letchworth, $997.83
-- Banks Elementary – Maria Johnson, $792; Heather Huggins, $420; Kimberly Smith, $710.41; and Caren McCarter, $993.68
-- Woodington Middle – Heather Lancaster, $975.72
-- E.B. Frink Middle – Pamela Pate, $980; Jonathan P. Smith, $504.84; Matthew Henderson, $1,000; Erica Jusko, $849; Hillary Smith, $792; Kristen Davenport, $208.73; and Lauran Smith $990.70
-- Pink Hill Elementary – Leigh Anne Hall, $966; Amy Taylor, $1,000; Betsy Mercer, $840.23; Brenda Griffin $469.07; Selina Gray, $780; Claudia Rivera, $940; Jackie Kennedy, $612.88; Jennifer McLawhorn, $779.89; Jami Finch, $790.05; Jean Turner, $1,000; Kelly Bluhm, $984.71; Jennifer Grubbs, $950.70; Traci Howard, $895; Bena Miller, $995; and Chris Radford, $1,000.
Photos of LCPS winners are at www.facebook.com/lcpsnc
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