Teachers in Chesterfield, Lancaster, and Kershaw counties have an opportunity to receive classroom grants, thanks to the Bright Ideas program Lynches River Electric Cooperative launched in 2019.
“Bright Ideas was created to support local teachers and provide funding for innovative and effective classroom curriculum,” says Erica Shehane, LREC community relations liaison. “We strive to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve, and we believe a great place to start is in the classroom.”
The program made its debut in Chesterfield County three years ago and has grown to include entries from educators in Lancaster and Kershaw counties.
Grant recipient Justin Reynolds, CATE-Agriculture teacher at Buford High School, says, “I am so grateful for the opportunity Lynches River provided. This grant is an investment in our students, and it allowed me to purchase teaching tools which will impact generations for years to come.”
Bright Ideas is open to certified teachers in grades K-12 in all subject areas. Teachers may receive up to $1,000 individually or as a team. For consideration, classroom projects must provide an innovative and creative learning experience.
The 2022 application process begins May 2, with an early bird deadline of Aug. 19. Early bird applicants will be entered into a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card.
For more details, visit our Bright Ideas page.