Monday, March 27, 2023

Brunswick and Columbus educators receive over $34K in grants for classroom learning

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — More than 25 educators in Brunswick and Columbus counties have received grants from Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) to help fund classroom projects. Monies will benefit a bevy of needs, from marine and ocean exploration supplies, to microscopes for science, to calculators for chemistry.

BEMC awarded more than $34,000 in Bright Ideas education grants in 2021. Since 1994, the company has given almost $800,000 to area teachers and students. North Carolina electric cooperatives overall have awarded more than $13.6 million to NC teachers, in effect benefiting 2.7 million North Carolina students. The grants have covered needs across many subjects — math, reading, technology, history, music, and the arts.

“We are steadfast in our commitment to providing a brighter future for our community,” BEMC CEO Josh Winslow said. “The Bright Ideas program is just one resource to help us achieve that vision by investing in the education of our youth and future leaders.”

Grant applications open annually through mid-September and a judges’ panel selects winning proposals in a competitive evaluation process. The application process will reopen in April 2022.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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