Creative, dedicated teachers who challenge their students to go beyond the normal curriculum and who provide hands on learning opportunities are truly helping to Build a Brighter Tennessee. Often these teachers reach deep into their own pockets to fund these projects.
Through the SVEC Bright Ideas grant program for local educators, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative recently awarded $21,650.88 in grants to local schools to bring to life these creative, hands-on projects that engage students in fun and innovative ways. SVEC’s original pledge of $10,000 was increased to almost $12,000 and was then nearly doubled by a matching grant of $10,000 from SVEC’s financial partner, CoBank. With this additional grant, SVEC was able to fully fund all 12 of the excellent applications received. And the winners are…
- Cody Blevins - Richard Hardy Memorial School, $2,200.00 - To fund equipment for the Photography Club.
- Donna Allison - South Pittsburg High School - $530.00 To fund “Science Fun with the Creative Discovery Museum” activities.
- Emma Nelson- South Pittsburg High School - $719.88 To fund “Atoms in Action” Physical Science Program.
- Elizabeth Crabtree - South Pittsburg Elementary $1,377.00 - To fund “Drumming up Fun” music program.
- Connie Lawson - Jasper Middle School - $2,000.00 To fund “Rainforest Mini-Ecosystem” reading/writing project.
- Paige Long - Marion County High School -$2,500.00 - To fund “Stepping Out in Nature” environmental outdoor classroom.
- Katie Pryor - Jasper Elementary - $800.00 To fund “Growing Despite Obstacles!” math and reading project.
- B.J. Armstrong - Whitwell High School - $2,500 To fund a green house for science and agriculture classes.
- Beverly Key - Griffith Elementary School - $2,500.00 To fund “Reading Research” classroom libraries.
- Angie Boston - Griffith Elementary School - $2,500.00 To fund “Reading with our Kinders” kindergarten reading program.
- Donna Beth Nolan - Coalmont Elementary - $1,524.00 To fund “Energy at Its Best” science program.
- Meredith Maxey - Pelham Elementary - $2,500.00 To fund “Robots to the Rescue” Science/Engineering program.