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11 District Five teachers win Bright Ideas Grants from Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative

IRMO, SC - 11 teachers in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been awarded “Bright Ideas” grants for the 2016-2017 school year. District Five had the highest total of winners among other competing districts.

The teachers who have been awarded grants are: Aymer Rojas of Harbison West Elementary School, Pollyanna Buff of Irmo Elementary School, Heather Reitenga of Leaphart Elementary School, Craig Andrysczyk and Amy Spivey of Oak Pointe Elementary School, Yvonne Strange of Chapin Intermediate School, Lori Wenzinger of Dutch Fork Middle School, Brittany Frohnhoefer, Sandy Jensen and Regan Moore of Irmo Middle School and Trina Dickerson of the Academy for Success.

Bright Ideas is Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative’s way of “energizing” creativity in the classroom through educators at local schools. Mid-Carolina awards approximately $16,000 in grants each October to educators who have innovative ideas for their classroom projects. Mid-Carolina Electric sponsors the Bright Ideas program to allow educators to compete for funding outside the normal funding system.

“The idea behind Bright Ideas is to help empower good teachers, to provide support outside of normal public school funding for great projects that deserve to be used in the classroom, yet need that extra assistance,” Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative CEO Bob Paulling said.

“When Mr. Davis opened the door and we saw a big check coming in, my students and I started jumping up and down because we knew we had won,” said Rojas, a Spanish teacher at Harbison West Elementary School. Sandy Jensen at Irmo Middle School added, “Our students were very excited about the money to help them accomplish their goals! We cannot wait to get started.”

Bright Ideas is open to classroom educators of grades kindergarten through twelve in Lexington School Districts One, Two Three and Five; Saluda County schools; or Pinegrove Elementary, Rhame Elementary, Sandel Elementary, St. Andrews Middle or Columbia High (Richland County).

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