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Blue Ridge Electric awards Bright Ideas Grants PDF Print
Friday, 09 November 2007 05:20
Blue Ridge Electric awarded area teachers more than $6,000 in Bright Idea grant money yesterday.

Bright Ideas is an academic grants program sponsored by BRE in conjunction with the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and its 26 other member electric cooperative. The grants fund innovative scholastic projects that available school funding won’t cover. Local winners included Wendy Jessen and Natalie Willis of Green Valley Elementary School; Amanda Ward and Michele Nichols of Mabel Elementary School; Robin Lowe of Watauga High School; Kathie Rider of Watauga High School; Tammy Gragg of Parkway Elementary School; Becky Reis, Kathy Butler, Sondra Edwards and Jeanie Hawkins of Blowing Rock Elementary School; Kimberly Tufts of Cranberry Middle School; and Frank Taylor, Donna Burnop, Jason Jones, Melanie McLeod, Sharon Johnson, Bill Krupicka, Adele Byrd and Carolyn Parlier of Beech Mountain Elementary School.


The following is a detailed list of projects, provided by Blue Ridge Electric Company:


·         Wendy Jessen and Natalie Willis, of Green Valley Elementary School, for “Brain Benders”, which will benefit 500 advanced level students. The grant will benefit all advanced learners in Watauga County in grades K-2 to develop specialized learning centers in classrooms. The grant totaled $500.


·         Amanda Ward and Michele Nichols, of Mabel Elementary School, for “Text Talk”, which will benefit 142 language arts students in grades K-6. The grant totaled $1,273 and increase skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing vocabulary.



·                     Robin Lowe, of Watauga High School, for “Poetry Alive” which will benefit 100 English and Language Arts students. Five classes will experience two resident poets who will conduct an intensive week-long workshop on performance poetry. The grant totaled $500.



·         Kathie Rider, of Watauga High School, for “Quilt It” which will benefit 110 Mathematics students. Students will combine geometric shapes, patterns and concepts to design quilt patterns by involving math, arts, crafts and computer skills with the ultimate goal of creating a quilt. The grant totaled $475.


·         Tammy Gragg, of Parkway Elementary School, for “Speak to Me” which will benefit 40 students in need of speech and language learning assistance. The funding will help students afflicted with apraxia—a speech disorder. The grant totaled $795.


·         Becky Reis, Kathy Butler, Sondra Edwards and Jeanie Hawkins, of Blowing Rock Elementary School, for “Eighth Grade Chorus Festival” which will benefit 310 students. This project will enable eighth graders to participate in an all-day choral rehearsal at Appalachian State University and present a concert open to the community. The grant totaled $750.


·         Kimberly Tufts, of Cranberry Middle School in Avery County, for “Popular Product Project”, which will benefit 55 seventh grade English and Language Arts students. The project will allow students to create a product in packaging as well as develop TV and magazine advertising to market their product. The grant totaled $795.


·         Frank Taylor, Donna Burnop, Jason Jones, Melanie McLeod, Sharon Johnson, Bill Krupicka, Adele Byrd and Carolyn Parlier, of Beach Mountain Elementary School, for “Empty Bowl Project.”. This project will benefit 60 students as they study child hunger in various geographic areas to learn more about those areas of the world. They will also create ceramic bowls to be auctioned off in order to raise money to donate to these areas. The grant totaled $1,000.


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