WAKE FOREST, N.C.- Wake Electric recently awarded $19,437 in Classroom Technology Awards grant monies to deserving teachers in the Triangle and surrounding counties.
Wake Electric annually offers grants to area teachers for one piece of technology that will enhance classroom teaching and learning. From laptop computers and digital cameras, to scanners and software, teachers will be able to guide their students in new and creative ways with the help of Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards.
Public school and community college teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties are eligible to apply. Funding for Classroom Technology Awards grants are made possible by Wake Electric member-consumers and Wake Electric employees through the Operation RoundUp program.
Since the inception of the Classroom Technology Awards program in 2004, the program has awarded approximately $189,000 in grant monies. This program truly helps today’s teachers better reach their students because research shows that students who are in technology rich environments experience positive effects on achievement in all major subject areas.
The Classroom Technology Awards Grant Winners for 2013 are:
1. Tommy Kemp from Franklinton High School in Franklin county, grant entitled, ” iAgribusiness: Virtual Global Agriculture for the Classroom”
2. Stephanie Toney from Leesville Road Middle School in Wake county, grant entitled, “Smart Pens Help Smart Teachers”
3. Joseph Davis from Wake Technical Community College in Wake county, grant entitled, “Wake R.O.C.K.S.”
4. Jeff Derda from Apex High School in Wake county, grant entitled, “Bi-Coastal Water Quality Project”
5. Shannon Pawlak from Riverwood Elementary School in Johnston county, grant entitled, ” What’s Inside? The Mini World Around Us”
6. Doug Pawlak from Riverwood Middle School in Johnston county, grant entitled, “Explore your Genealogy”
7. Nicholas Graber Grace from Hillside High School in Durham county, grant entitled, “Hillside Oral History Project”
8. Kirsten Oshinsky from Wakefield High School in Wake county, grant entitled, “Project SPARK”
9. Florence Blackwell from Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary School in Granville county, grant entitled, “Mighty Microscopes!”
Funding for technology grants come from Wake Electric members who agree to round up their light bill to the nearest whole dollar through the Operation RoundUp program. For example, if the bill is $190.91 – the bill will be rounded up 9 cents to $191.00. These pennies add up to major dollars.
Wake Electric is an electric utility providing reliable, safe and affordable energy and related services to more than 37,000 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.