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BEMC Awards Grant Money To Local Teachers




Supply, N.C., November 17, 2016 – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has recently awarded 28 local teachers $33,323 in Bright Ideas education grants to fund innovative classroom learning projects. 

“Now in its 22nd year, the Bright Ideas grant program helps educators finance creative projects to benefit their students,” said Don Hughes, CEO and general manager of BEMC. “Teachers work hard and have so many great ideas; every year we’re pleased to help these grant recipients bring their ideas to life in the classroom.”

Winning projects include Cooking Up Fractions at Belville Elementary and Growing a Garden at Lincoln Elementary in Brunswick County, as well as STEM-related projects Chemistry with Charisma at South Columbus High and Math Mastery at Evergreen Elementary in Columbus County. See a full list of grant recipients at

“BEMC is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth,” Hughes said. 

During the month of November, all of North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas Education grants. 

For a complete list of BEMC winners, click here.

Since the Bright Ideas grant program got its start at Brunswick Electric in 1994, BEMC has contributed more than $550,000 to teachers in Columbus and Brunswick counties. North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $10 million to teachers across the state. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 9,800 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts. 

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through late September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of local judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2017.

To find out more information about this grant program, visit or the Bright Ideas website at Become a fan of “Bright Ideas Education” on Facebook to receive regularly updated news about the program.  


Don Hughes, CEO and general manager of BEMC, announces Bright Ideas education grants to local educators totaling more than $33,000.Also pictured: Heather Holbrook, BEMC Marketing Communications Supervisor.

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