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$12,000 goes to teachers' ideas

POSTED: December 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Liberty Elementary School teacher Kimberly Boucher, along with other LES teachers.

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Coastal Electric Cooperative and its Foundation awarded eight Bright Ideas grants totaling $12,837 to Liberty County school teachers on Friday, Oct. 24th. The winners were greeted in their classrooms with a visit from the Bright Ideas Prize Patrol, who came with balloons, a presentation check, and gifts.
The local winners are:
• Carol Hough of Waldo Pafford Elementary School for her project, living science.
• Michael Crosby of Lewis Frasier Middle School for his project, outdoor science classroom.
• Melissa Sands of Frank Long Elementary School for her project flipping for digital storytelling.
• Portia Randolph of Bradwell Institute for her project, alternatively speaking.
• Joanne Remppel of Bradwell Institute for her project Black & White Photography.
• Amy Dilmar of Liberty County High School for her project, learn it, live it, love it.
• Patricia Jenkinson of Liberty County High School for her project GPS in the geometry classroom.
• Kimberly Boucher of Liberty Elementary School for her project, science outdoors.
Earlier this year, teachers were invited to apply online through the Coastal Electric Cooperative Web site to compete to win grants of up to $2,000 each. The Bright Ideas program encourages teachers to develop creative, innovative programs that might not otherwise be funded through the school system. A panel of independent judges reviews and scores the applications.
The Cooperative awarded 13 Bright Ideas grants this year. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than $90,000 has been awarded to teachers. The grants give teachers the power to put creative teaching ideas into action. Applications are accepted from teachers instruct-
ing students in grades K-12.
Bright Ideas is made possible in part through the voluntary donations of the Cooperative's members who participate in Operation Round Up, where members allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest whole dollar. Those extra nickels and dimes each month are turned over to The Coastal Electric Cooperative Foundation which oversees the fund. The Foundation uses the money to assist with food, health, shelter, safety, and educational needs within the community.
Coastal Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned power supplier serving 16,000 members in Bryan, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties. The co-op is headquartered in Midway.
 

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