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EnergyUnited linemen Brian Thompson and Jon Upright joined Carolina Panthers players Greg Van Roten and Taylor Moton and team mascot Sir Purr to surprise Emily Warnke, a teacher at Winget Park Elementary In Charlotte, with a Bright Ideas Education Grant.
This $1,953.24 grant will go toward the purchase of renewable and alternative energy exploration kits, which will enable students to discover renewable energy solutions that they’ll use to light up the Winget Park Elementary School sign. Students will then present their findings to the school PTO board for funding to support their idea.
This Project Based Learning unit incorporates science, social studies, literacy, problem solving and communication skills, and allows current and future fourth grade students to explore how solar, wind and other sources of energy are used to power every day items.
Ms. Warnke is one of 45 winning teachers selected by EnergyUnited to receive Bright Ideas grants this year. Congratulations, Ms. Wanke!
For 25 years, the Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, has helped improve education by awarding funding to K-12 teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded. Since it was created in 1994, the program has awarded more than $12.2 million for more than 11,700 projects, touching the lives of more than 2.3 million students statewide. Across the state, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded approximately $600,000 this month to North Carolina’s educators to fund about 600 projects.
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