Roanoke Electric Co-op awards grants to educators for ‘Bright Ideas’

Roanoke Electric Co-op awards grants to educators for ‘Bright Ideas’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                   Contact: Lori Everhart

Nov. 5, 2018                                                                                                                                                                           

AULANDER, N.C.– Roanoke Electric Cooperative is awarding more than $3,000 in grants to three local teachers to fund innovative classroom learning projects, as part of the co-op’s Bright Ideas program.

“Educators who win Bright Ideas grants are going above and beyond for their students,” said Roanoke Electric Co-op Chief Operating Officer Marshall Cherry. “We’re excited to support their innovative and creative learning initiatives through the Bright Ideas program.”

The co-op’s Bright Ideas Grant Judging Committee selected winning proposals based on a competitive evaluation process.  The winners will be honored at a Nov. 19 dinner in Bear Grass, North Carolina.

This year’s projects underscore the co-op’s commitment to innovative education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, referred to as “STEM.”

Projects funded include create two portable labs, known as “maker spaces,” at Gatesville Elementary School. The project, titled “Imagination Stations,” will be integrated into the school’s STEM pre-Kindergarten – fifth grade curricula, providing more than 260 students the tools they need to become creative thinkers and 21st century learners.

Another project, “Operation Greenhouse Seedling,” will allow Merry Hill’s Lawrence Academy students studying biology, horticulture and farming to build and operate a mock commercial nursery business.  From building a greenhouse to planting the seedlings to product sales, the hands-on experience will help the students learn plant germination, propagation and sustainable farming techniques

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, Roanoke Electric Co-op has contributed more than $180,000 to area school teachers. “Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of the co-op’s commitment to the communities we serve,” said Cherry.

The co-op is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to educators. During the month of November, the co-ops will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants.

Since the program’s inception, the state’s electric co-ops collectively have awarded more than $11.5 million in grants, sponsoring more than 11,000 projects benefiting 2.2 million students.

Grant applications are collected each year through mid-September. The application process will reopen for the 2019-20 school year in April 2019.

Roanoke Electric Co-op 2018 grant winners

Bright Ideas Grant Winner


Grant Name


Amount Awarded

 Lori Lolies

 Gatesville Elementary School

 Imagination Stations



 Wilson Hoggard

 Lawrence Academy

 Operation Greenhouse Seeding


$ 625.00

 Ashita Harris

 Conway Middle School

 Probes for Future Scientists



For more information on the Bright Ideas grant program, visit

Roanoke Electric Cooperative provides service to 14,500 members in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. Chartered in 1938 to provide light and power to farms, the co-op today serves as an engine of economic development and provides educational, recreational and community assistance services to enhance the quality of life of its member-owners throughout the diverse communities it serves. Roanoke Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



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Mon, 11/05/2018 - 8:59am
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