22 teachers in Durham, Franklin, Nash/Rocky Mount, Johnston, Granville and Wake counties have been awarded the 2023-2024 Bright Ideas grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of classroom programs throughout the school year. Grant winners are:

Edwin Davis Needham Broughton High Wake
Angelica Smith North Wake College & Career Academy Wake
John Wozniak Nash Central High Nash
Carrie Jones Dillard Drive Middle Wake
Carol Jemiolo Apex Friendship Middle Wake
Carolyn Vickers Butner Stem Elementary Granville
Tracy Prince Franklinton High Franklin
Katarzyna Poleszak Franklin Co Early College Franklin
Carole Griffin J F Webb High Granville
Kathryn Moore East Clayton Elementary Johnston
Cynthia Linton Stough Elementary Wake
Abigail Thompson Granville Central High Granville
Giselle Elias Knightdale High Wake
Bethany Broadwell East Wake Academy Wake
Dani Labrada Butner Stem Elementary Granville
Kathryn Tharrington Bunn Elementary Franklin
Kriston Haynes East Wake Academy Wake
Simonae Williams Wake Forest Charter Academy Wake
Marcy Keener Nash Central Middle Nash
Africa Dutor Southwest Elementary Durham
Becky Devinney Clayton Middle Johnston
Karen Waller Timber Drive Elementary Wake


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.

Carole Griffin receives her Bright Ideas Grant
Angelica Smith receives her Bright Ideas Grant