CEC awards $25,000 in grants through the Bright Ideas program

Covington Electric Cooperative (CEC) held a reception on Jan. 15 to present $25,000 in grant awards to 46 teachers (including individual teachers and teams of teachers) in its service area who want to implement special programs and/or creative projects in their classrooms.

CEC offers the Bright Ideas grant program to help support teachers with learning initiatives that are not covered by traditional funding. The program is available to K4-12 teachers in public and home schools served electrically by CEC. The program gives teachers a chance to explore endless possibilities for learning.

Individual teachers could apply for grants from $250 up to $750, while teams of teachers were eligible to apply for a maximum of $1,500. “This year CEC received 41 grant applications which shows that interest in the program is growing annually,” said Ed Short, CEC general manager. “Although we could not fund every applicant, we are proud to offer these opportunities to teachers and we hope to continue this worthwhile program in the future,” said Short.

 Grant recipients included teachers at Kinston School, Pleasant Home School, Straughn High School, Straughn Elementary School, Straughn Middle School, Red Level High School, Red Level Elementary School, Samson Elementary School, Covington County Schools, Brantley School, and Fleeta School. “These grants will benefit more than 2,800 students who are the children and grandchildren of CEC members,” added Short.