25 teachers in Durham, Franklin, Nash/Rocky Mount, Johnston, Granville and Wake counties have been awarded the 2017 Bright Ideas grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of classroom programs throughout the school year. Grant winners are:

Amber Edwards Riverwood Middle School Clayton
April Bernier Innovation Academy at South Campus Smithfield
Beth Campbell Mt Vernon Redirection Raleigh
Bruce Mamel Millbrook High Raleigh
Cynthia J Linton Stough Elementary Raleigh
David Sander Wake Forest High Wake Forest
Diane Johnson North Johnston High Kenly
Doug Pawlak Riverwood Middle Clayton
Elizabeth Godwin Coopers Elementary Elm City
Emily Haggerty Rocky Mount High Rocky Mount
Erin Nivens Central Park School for Children Durham
Jan Bullock Princeton Elementary Princeton
Joann Blumenfeld Needham Broughton High Raleigh
John Wozniak Nash Central High Rocky Mount
Karen Waller Timber Drive Elementary Garner
Kendra Madding Central Park School for Children Durham
LeAnne Wolford Hodge Road Elementary Knightdale
Marissa Minnick Merrick-Moore Elementary Durham
Nathan Moreschi Franklinton High Franklinton
Rachael Polmanteer Wake Forest Middle Wake Forest
Tammy Bunn Heritage Elementary Wake Forest
Tommy Kemp Franklinton High Franklinton
Travis Martin William G Enloe High Raleigh
Trisha Dillon Sycamore Creek Elementary Raleigh
Victoria Sondecker JF Webb High Oxford

The funds for the Bright Ideas grants come from WEMC 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. Partial funding also comes from the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, located in Raleigh, NC. The NCEMC consists of a family of corporations formed to support the state’s 27 electric cooperatives.

Wake Electric is a non-profit electric utility serving over 43,500 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties.