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Liberty teachers win $13,000 for projects
Coastal Co-Op encourages innovation
Coastal Barrientos
Bradwell Institute teacher Emily Barrientos was one of the eight Bright Ideas grant winners in Liberty County. She was surprised by the Bright Ideas Prize Team on Thursday at school. - photo by Photo provided.
Coastal Electric Cooperative and its foundation awarded eight Bright Ideas grants totaling $13,462 to Liberty County schools on Oct. 25. The winners were greeted in their classrooms with a visit from the Bright Ideas Prize Team, who came bearing balloons, a presentation check and gifts.
The local winners are:
• Elaine Walker, Joseph Martin Elementary, Author, Author!, $1,980. She wants students to tap into their creative spirit to create books of their own works.
• John Ryan, Snelson-Golden Middle School, Robotic Instruction in the Classroom, $1,475. Ryan wants to buy supplies for students to design and build a robot.
• Tiffany Leon, Button Gwinnett Elementary, Animal Movie Makers, $1,980. Leon wants to buy special microscopes that all students to study insects and animals. Besides giving students an up-close look the microscopes allow the students to create movies and slide shows about what they are learning.
• Pamela Scott, Jordye Bacon Elementary, Math Pups and Grammar Cats, $1,682. Scott wants to use puppets and the stage to teach and reinforce math and grammar skills for her students.
• Emily Barrientos, Bradwell Institute, Study Smarter Not Harder, $1,415. Barrientos wants to buy supplies such as Classroom Jeopardy to teach students effective study and time management techniques.
• Jim Collins, Bradwell Institute, Benjamin Saves the Book, $1,900. Collins wants to teach students of all ages the love of printing. He intends to buy a story book about printing for 150 elementary school students and for his graphic arts students to teach the younger one the art of printing with t-shirts.
• Connie Flack, Lyman Hall Elementary, Science Exploration and Discovery, $1,760. Flack wants her students to learn how much fun science can be. She plans to buy science activity kits, microscopes, slides and a life science specimens set.
• Wanda Smith, Frank Long Elementary School, Computer Lab Photography Adventures!, $1,270. Smith wants students to be able to explore digital cameras and camcorders and create works of their own.
Together, the foundation and the cooperative awarded 13 Bright Ideas Grants totaling $20,000 to teachers in Bryan, Liberty and McIntosh counties Oct. 25-26. The grants give teachers the power to put their creative teaching ideas into action. The grants are open to teachers instructing students in grades K-12.
Coastal Electric received 39 grant applications totaling more than $61,000 in September. A panel of judges reviewed the applications and the top scoring applications were funded. The next round of Bright Ideas application will be accepted beginning May 2008.
Bright Ideas is made possible because of the cooperative’s members who donate through Operation Round Up®. Members round up their electric bill to the nearest whole dollar. The difference, small change, is given to Operation Round Up. The foundation oversees the granting of funds from Operation Round Up.
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