Haywood EMC is proud to be one of North Carolina's 27 electric cooperatives that sponsor The Bright Ideas grant program. The program strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects in grades K-12 that would not otherwise be funded. Since 1994, we have touched the lives of more than 2 million students who have participated in 9,800 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $10.2 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.
Bright Ideas grants are...
For North Carolina teachers in grades K-12
Awarded each school year
Individual projects that could be funded up to $2,000
Open to all subjects
Teachers are limited to one grant proposal per year and are eligible even if they have received a grant before.
To apply for a Bright Ideas grant, go to www.ncbrightideas.com and complete the on-line application. Contact Haywood EMC at 828-452-2281 for more information.
2017-2018 Bright Ideas Winners
Winning Teacher: Mr. Noal Castater
Waynesville Middle School in Waynesville, NC
Photo features: Ken Thomas, Marketing and Communications at Haywood EMC; winning teacher, Noal Castater his students.
Project: "Industrial Applications of Electricity" - Students will learn real world industrial applications of electricity that affect their daily lives, that they did not know existed.
Winning Teacher: Mrs. Rachel Payne
Murphy Middle School in Murphy, NC
Photo features: Ken Thomas, Marketing and Communications at Haywood EMC; winning teacher, Rachel Payne and her students.
Project: "Experiments in a Science Lab" - To give students with disabilities a hands-on experience with the science concepts they learn in class.
Winning Teacher: Mrs. Megean Wantz
Clyde Elementary School in Clyde, NC
Photo features: Mitch Bearden, Marketing and Communications at Haywood EMC; winning teacher, Megean Wantz and her students.
Project: "Altered Reality" - Will connect students globally through the use of virtual reality. The project will take students on virtual fieldtrips to different parts of the world.
Winning Teacher: Ms. Sarah Rhymer
Brevard High School in Brevard, NC
Photo features: Ken Thomas, Marketing and Communications at Haywood EMC; winning teacher, Sarah Rhymer and students.
Project: "Veterinary Assisting" - Will allow students to complete a semester-long class, along with performing clinical hours at a local veterinary office to obtain a national certification as a veterinary assistant.
Winning Teacher: Mr. Jacob Hogsed
Andrews Middle School in Andrews, NC
Photo features: Mitch Bearden, Marketing and Communications at Haywood EMC; winning teacher, Jacob Hogsed and his students.
Project: "Energizing Education" - Will provide a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on alternate and sustainable energy sources.