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CCEC Awards Grants to 'Bright' Educators

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) has awarded $23,316 in Bright Ideas education grants to 33 teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects. More than 6,775 students at schools in Carteret County and Havelock will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by CCEC this year.

“Educators who win Bright Ideas grants are going above and beyond for their students,” said Lisa Galizia, communications director at CCEC. “We’re excited to support their innovative and creative learning initiatives through the Bright Ideas program each year.”

Winners were recognized recently by the CCEC “prize patrol” at their schools. Winning projects cover a variety of subjects and activities from science exploration, cultural learning, math, reading, and many more.

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, CCEC and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation have contributed close to $490,000 to local educators.

“Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of CCEC’s commitment to the communities we serve,” Galizia said.

CCEC is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. During the month of November, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants.

Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $11.5 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2.2 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 11,000 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2019.

To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative provides power to more than 32,000 members in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties and is part of Touchstone Energy®, a nationwide family of co-ops exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

CCEC’s 2018 grant winners are listed below:

Beth McCreary

Beaufort Elementary

There's No "DIS" in My Abilities!

Tammy Scot

Broad Creek Middle

Making Connections

Aubrey Godette

Broad Creek Middle

Spheros for My Heros

Heather Blackwell

Broad Creek Middle

Books in Spanish: Libros en Espanol

Kate Jayne

East Carteret High

Independence for an Exceptional Life

Deanne Rosen

MaST Early College

R.E.A.D. (Ready Eager Able Determined)

Ashley Perry

Morehead City Primary

Osmo: Learn with your Hands!

John William Daniels

Newport Elementary

Printing Adventures for STEM Education

Todd M Stehle

Newport Middle

Wind Energy - Blows Me Away!

Tanya Watson

Newport Middle

6th Grade STEM Bins

Paul Sproul

Newport Middle

A Sobering View of What Alcohol Can Do!

Beth Gillikin

Smyrna Elementary


Sandy Giovannini

West Carteret High

STEM for West!

Catherine Lewis

West Carteret High

Sublimation Creations

Carl Briscoe

West Carteret High


Teresa Riley

West Carteret High

Beyond Battle of the Books

Gabrielle Johnson

West Carteret High

Friday Nite Paints

Alisha Reynolds

White Oak Elementary

Growing with STEM Bins

Marsha Sirkin

White Oak Elementary

Build With Me

Jillian Musa

Roger Bell New Tech

Student News Network & Broadcast Channel

Sara Mautino

Roger Bell New Tech

KEVA for Collaboration

James Tolbert

Havelock High

Shakespeare Pro

Fannie Rivers

Havelock Middle

Seeding My Future

Patricia Waller-Wall

Havelock Middle

Empathy & Design a SHOE

Katie Scarfpin

Havelock Middle

Stepping into STEM Afterschool

Elizabeth Capellini

Graham Barden Elementary

Do You Know Your Neighbor

Jenna Franks

Graham Barden Elementary

Drum Roll, Please!

Heather Santos

Arthur Edwards Elementary

Getting Charged & Secure for Classroom Use

Rosemary Steinman

Tucker Creek Middle

Manipulating the New Math Curriculum

Michelle Smith

Tucker Creek Middle

Lunchroom Lego Lounge

Frederick Angoco

Tucker Creek Middle

STEAM on With Flexible

Ashley Alicea

WJ Gurganus Elementary

Brain Bots

Virginia Jones

WJ Gurganus Elementary

STEM Fridays!

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