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Surprise! Educators Awarded Bright Ideas Grants from Jackson EMC

Jackson EMC awarded $51,461 to 43 middle school classrooms in 19 schools with grant money from the Bright Ideas program. Winning entries represented a variety of 21st century disciplines that interest students, including astronomy, Earth science, engineering, horticulture, language arts, math, music, physics and social studies.

“Many teachers incorporated project-based learning into the classroom,” said Karen Ewing, community relations representative for Jackson EMC. “Our judges were very impressed with the range of projects educators created to engage their students.”

The Bright Ideas grant program, in its fourth year at Jackson EMC, funds innovative classroom projects developed by state-certified public middle school educators within the counties served by Jackson EMC. Educators for grades six through eight can apply for up to $2,000 in grant funds for classroom projects that are not funded through general education dollars. Science teachers will use their Bright Ideas grant funds from Jackson EMC for students to design bridge trusses, weather balloons and 3D atom models. Social studies teachers will create lessons to incorporate the broader community into the classroom to explore Georgia’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and to learn genealogical research methods. Language arts educators will use their grant funds to design projects to enhance the reading experience and to teach financial literacy.

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 from higher education institutions and nonprofit foundations in north Georgia review the applications.

Applications for 2019 Bright Ideas grants will open next spring.

For more information about the program, go to www.Jacksonemc.com/brightideas.