Irmo, SC - Several Lexington-Richland School District Five classrooms will soon benefit from grants provided by the Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative (MCEC). The cooperative’s annual Bright Ideas program grants provide funding to teachers who have demonstrated innovative ideas for classroom projects.
School District Five grant recipients include: April Beale (Dutch Fork Middle), Pollyanna Buff (Irmo Elementary), Jaime Gill (HE Corley Elementary), Parker Hollister (Oak Pointe Elementary), Cheryl Leaphart (Lake Murray Elementary), Emily Ray (Oak Pointe Elementary), Bethany Reilly (Harbison West Elementary), and Daniela Tripon (Lake Murray Elementary). The grants will support a variety of projects, from inclusive playgrounds for elementary school students to the purchase of new and used recycled material to help students create their own art sculptures.
“I am so thankful to MCEC for providing funding for the Bright Ideas Grant,” said April Beale, Dutch Fork Middle School English and Language Arts teacher. “This money is being used to purchase technology that will allow us to record and live stream our classroom experiences for various learning opportunities. We will be able to provide even better individualized instruction for everyone, and learners will be able to access our classroom from anywhere.”
Teachers receiving this year’s grants were surprised recently by the “Bright Ideas Grant Patrol,” which presented recipients with checks and other prizes to acknowledge their awards.
“We are so thankful to have this new learning opportunity for our students,” said Oak Pointe Elementary School music teacher Parker Hollister. “We are using the funds to purchase a class set of Ukulele's which will be used in the upper elementary grades to teach world cultures and musical literacy in a fun and engaging way!”
Each October, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative awards approximately $16,000 in grants.
MCEC’s CEO Bob Paulling said, "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."