RED SPRINGS — The Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation is celebrating innovation in education this month by awarding $22,000 in Bright Ideas grants to educators in Robeson, Cumberland, Hoke and Scotland counties.
The grants will fund 13 projects that will affect the lives of more than 5,200 area students locally. Teachers also received a tote bag filled with useful school supplies.
“We’re thrilled to award these dedicated educators with Bright Ideas grants,” said Walter White, director of Marketing and Economic Development of LREMC. “Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come. Lumbee River EMC is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth.”
The teachers who will be receiving these grants are Nancy Hunt and Suzanne Patterson, both from Purnell Swett High School; Gabirelle Patrick from Sandy Grove Middle School; Marian Elliot from Don Steed Elementary; Bryan Pirkle from Douglas Byrd Middle School; Sylvia Beckham from Seventy-First Classical Middle School; Victoria Gemelli from Seventy-First Classical Middle; Susan Miller-Hendrix from Scotland High School; Aticila A. Mormando from East Hoke Middle School; Yolanda Epps from Douglas Byrd High School; Celeste Smith from West Hoke Elementary; Kathy Largen Patterson from School Douglas Byrd High School; and Hal Culberson from Destiny Christian School.
Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, LREMC has contributed more than $320,000 to local teachers.