22 teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash/Rocky Mount, and Wake counties have been awarded the 2022 Bright Ideas grants this year. The grants will be used for a variety of classroom programs throughout the school year. 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 50,000 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties.

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2022-2023 Bright Ideas Grant Winners


Centennial Campus Middle School | Project Name: “Nonrenewable Resources” | Left to right in photo: Don Bowman (WEMC), Jeff Holland (Science Teacher/Grant Winner), Kirk Metcalf (WEMC), and Lisa Alexander (WEMC)

East Clayton Elementary School | Project Name: “All in this Together” | Left to right in photo: Principal Lauren Sabo, Kirk Metcalf (Wake EMC), Grant Winner Kathryn Moore, and Don Bowman (Wake EMC)

Extra Photos of Don and Kirk participating in “Rainbow Time” with the 2nd grade class.