Contact: Haley Miller (336) 370-3200
Created: 11/25/2009 10:37:56 AM
Pearce Elementary teacher Angela Osborne and Archer Elementary teacher
Brandy Pinnix Widener each received a Bright Ideas Grant from Energy
United. Representatives from Energy United presented checks to the two
teachers on Tuesday.
Bright Ideas program was started in 1994 and has donated more than $5.9
million to schools within Energy United's service area. Teachers
submitted applications last April and were recently notified of their
selection. A panel of judges, who score applicants on their innovation,
how many students will benefit from the program and how well the plan
was presented, selects the winners. Of the 172 applications, 26 were
given grants this year.
While many of the
program ideas submitted only receive partial funding, Osborne received
the full amount of $1,995. Her program, Successful Science, will
benefit students in grades K-5 by purchasing nonfiction books to help
build vocabulary and knowledge of scientific concepts.
of her exceptionally high score, Widener was awarded the maximum
allotted amount of $2,000. Her program, Teaming Up and Taking it Home,
will benefit students in grades K-2. The money will be used to purchase
science kits to allow hands-on learning of math and science. The goal
of this program is to increase the desire to learn, to help
second-graders read on grade level and to improve math scores of every
student. The program also will send work home with students so that
parents can become more engaged with their child's education.
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