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Teachers are surprised with big checks for their "Bright Ideas"

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: Nov 05 2013 05:09:36 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 05 2013 05:17:30 PM CST
MOREHEAD CITY, CRAVEN COUNTY -

36 local teachers are getting a big surprise this week. Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is handing out more than $20,000 to help make special lesson plans possible as part of their "Bright Ideas" grant program.

The program has been helping local educators for almost 20 years. Teachers are awarded anywhere from $50 to $1000 to help bring a special project to life. Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Director of Community Relations Bill Ward says some of the ideas they've received over the years are incredibly creative.

"We had a grant one year it was called 'King Cluck' where they actually learned how to embalm chickens like the Egyptians did. We had "Boots for Beaches" where a biology teacher bought clamming boots so her class could go out in the salt marsh year round," says Ward.

Ward says judges typically look to fund programs that will last more than one year. This year, out of about 60 applicants, 36 are being awarded.  Ward presents the checks to local teachers. He says they always try to make it a surprise at school.

This year "Bright Ideas"grants were awarded for robot programs, creative counting, and a reading program that helps raise books for tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma