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South Edgecombe Middle School teacher Robin Anderson, center, stands with, from left, Daphne Rhodes, EMC Volunteer Action Committee member, South Edgecombe Principal Billy Strother, Kim Wainwright and Ann Andrews, EMC Volunteer Action Committee members.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Several Edgecombe County Public School educators were recipients of Bright Ideas Grants from Edgecombe-Martin County Electric Membership Corp.

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, the grants have touched the lives of more than 2.3 million students who have participated in 11,700 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $12.2 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives.

“Edgecombe-Martin County EMC is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth,” said Monica Speight, communication specialist at Edgecombe-Martin EMC. “We’re pleased to award these dedicated educators with Bright Ideas grants. Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come.”

The EMC Prize Patrol, consisting of members of the Edgecombe-Martin EMC Volunteer Action Committee, visited classrooms in Edgecombe County, where they made presentations to the following teachers:

■ Sheronica Sharp, Coker-Wimberly Elementary School — "Dolphins Love to Code"

■ James Guy, Edgecombe Early College High School — "Capturing Voices for History"

■ Brittany White, Edgecombe Early College High School — "A Digital View of the Microscopic World"

■ Joseph Hayes, Martin Millennium Academy — "Empowering Girls with STEM"

■ Robin Anderson, South Edgecombe Middle School — "Exploring our Roots"

■ Lisa McElwee, South Edgecombe Middle School — "Snap it together: Learning about Electricity with Snap Circuits"

■ Cindy Berry, Central Services — "Full STEAM ahead with Literacy"

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