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Surprise! Educators Awarded Bright Ideas Grants from Jackson EMC

Jackson EMC employees recently delivered big  checks to 47 teachers in 25 middle schools to fund their innovative class projects. Overall, the cooperative awarded $64,000 in Bright Ideas grants for projects representing a variety of disciplines.

“Even though the learning environment is quite different this year, our teachers have created innovative projects and lessons for both students learning digitally and in-person,” said Karen Ewing, community relations representative for Jackson EMC.

Now in its sixth year, the Bright Ideas grant program awards up to $2,000 annually to middle school teachers in Jackson EMC’s service area for innovative class projects that would go unfunded otherwise. Educators for sixth through eighth grades can apply for a grant. 

The 2020 Bright Ideas grants represent a variety of disciplines, including engineering, music, agriculture, physics, computer programming, math, business, English Language Arts and more.

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. For this year’s grants, teachers submitted project ideas that could be done virtually by students. 

The period to apply for a Bright Ideas grant for the 2021-2022 school year will open during the summer.

To learn more about the Bright Ideas grant program or to view the full list of winners, please visit jacksonemc.com/brightideas.