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Local Educators awarded Bright Ideas Grants from Jackson EMC

Jackson EMC recently surprised 39 educators with big checks to fund their innovative class projects. Overall, the cooperative awarded $61,161 in Bright Ideas grants to educators in 22 middle schools for projects representing a variety of subjects.

“Each year, we hear fantastic stories of Bright Ideas grants unleashing students’ imaginations across disciplines. We’re excited to see what happens in classrooms this school year,” said Karen Ewing, community relations representative for Jackson EMC.

The 2021 Bright Ideas grants represent a variety of subjects, including engineering, music, biology, computer science, math, history, English language arts and more.

The Bright Ideas grant program awards up to $2,000 to sixth through eighth grade teachers in Jackson EMC’s service area for innovative class projects that would go unfunded otherwise.

Funded projects must involve the students directly, provide a creative learning experience with ongoing benefits through innovative teaching methods, create opportunities for teamwork and support the continuous improvement of education in Georgia. A panel of independent judges with expertise in education reviews the applications.

Since 2015, Jackson EMC has awarded $404,655 in Bright Ideas grants to local educators.

Applications for the 2022 Bright Ideas grants will open during the summer.

School NameAwardEducatorProject
Barrow Arts & Innovation Magnet Program$1,796Ashley BaileySTEM & Arts Engagement
Barrow Arts & Innovation Magnet Program$1,985Jennifer StockwellLights, Camera, Communication
Barrow Arts & Innovation Magnet Program$1,992Kristin FuquaRobotic Solutions for Future Leaners
Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy 8th grade$1,224Jennifer DeckardPhysical Science Gamified
Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy 8th grade$1,996Paul ThorntonMobile Recording Studio
Bear Creek Middle School$1,719Toni SessionsHopping Into Dissection
Bear Creek Middle School$1,908Tonia HarbinWeather Station
Berkmar Middle School$1,468Monica ShafferBio Science Learning Garden
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School$1,925Tymisha CreightneyNewscasting for the Future
Cherokee Bluff Middle School$1,250Michelle PetersenStarting from the Ground Garden System
Chestatee Academy of Inquiry & Talent Development$510Lynn MurphyTheme Park Design
Chestatee Academy of Inquiry & Talent Development$1,542Leanne AlexanderHorticulture for Sustainable Resources
Coleman Middle School$1,963Kelli SinclairAquaponics System
Commerce Middle School$2,000Lydia PetermanNo Red Ink Writing
Dacula Middle School$1,346Susan RumbleMystery Minerals
Dacula Middle School$1,995Tracie BannerCoding for Animation
East Jackson Middle School$1,600Michael ShawlerRobotics: Building for the Future
Gainesville Middle School$1,998Jane ReedFunction Blocks for Graphing
Hull Middle School$816Cindy MollardBravo for Braille
Hull Middle School$1,978Kanisha ShermanAdobe Spark for Business
Jefferson Middle School $2,000Shelia HouseLego Boost Creative Tool Box
Jones Middle School$512Ashley SayeiDrum for Special Needs Students
Jones Middle School$998Rick MillemanRobot Design for Artifical Intelligence
Jordan Middle School$1,600Stacey Edison-BrysonFood for All Tower Garden
Lumpkin County Middle School$826Mariam BrunnerHands-on with Raspberry Pi
Lumpkin County Middle School$1,284Tori JonesBiomedical Designs for Prosthetics
Northbrook Middle School$2,000Zachary DavisonEco Warriors
Radloff Middle School$750Tamika SirmonsLiterature to Life Stage Play
Radloff Middle School$1,335Clara ChelkoLego Robotics: Transportation for a Sustainable Future
Radloff Middle School$1,620Haley GordonEngineering Skills for Sustainable Development
Radloff Middle School$2,000Celia AyenesazanMultiliteracies Through Graphics
Radloff Middle School$2,000Michelle MorganPicture Perfect for NASA Science
Sweetwater Middle School$1,325Kobie FlockerGeorgia Studies
Twin Rivers Middle School$1,917Andrew CoxDynamics Cart and Track System
Twin Rivers Middle School$1,955Anna HerdliskaSpectroscopy: Quantiying Color of Light in Biological Specimens
West Jackson Middle School$1,097Meg BarberAdaptive Printing for Special Ed Students
West Jackson Middle School$1,410Laura MillerPodcasting through Africa & Asia
West Jackson Middle School$1,526Ka CharandWho Killed Jumpy? Dissection Project
West Jackson Middle School$1,995Dana HarrellMusic Makes the World Go Round


For more information about the program, visit www.jacksonemc.com/brightideas.