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Bright Ideas Grants

Since 1994, Piedmont Electric’s Bright Ideas education grant program has contributed more than half a million dollars to local teachers for innovative and creative classroom projects.

“Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of Piedmont Electric’s commitment to the communities we serve,” said Steve Hamlin, President & CEO of Piedmont Electric.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Piedmont Electric awarded more than $49,000 in education grants to 38 teachers to fund engaging classroom projects which will impact more than 8,300 students at schools in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Orange and Person counties will be impacted by these innovative classroom projects. This year, Piedmont Electric awarded 10 grants totaling $12,797 to Person County projects impacting approximately 1,800 students.

Piedmont Electric is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. Altogether, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants this year.

“Our local educators have so many innovative ideas to engage students in learning, and we’re excited each year to support pioneering initiatives and creativity in the classroom through our Bright Ideas grant program,” said Hamlin.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of external judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2020.

To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit


Amanda Bedo - Ozobots Assemble - Woodland Elementary - $ 1,995.76

David B. Jones - HOOKED-UP 4 SAFETY - Person High School - $ 704.54

Jennifer Davis (co-written with Angie Hungate) - Extra, Extra, Read All About It! - Woodland Elementary - $ 1,200.00

Julie Goodwin - Guided Instruction to Guide Tomorrow's Leaders - Oak Lane Elementary - $ 1,475.19

Richard Hughes - Moving with Makey Makey - An Adventure in Inventing in Physical Education - Woodland Elementary - $ 1,998.65

Sabrina Crumpton - Simply Reading - Woodland Elementary - $ 1,935.00

Shelly Nance - Uniting students with music! - Northern Middle - $ 1,975.00

Susan Hess - Drawing Challenge for Youth Art Month - Helena Elementary - $ 267.70

Tabitha Faulkner - Comfort While Composing - Stories Creek Elementary - $ 245.51


Piedmont Electric is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 32,000 electric accounts in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties. Piedmont Electric exists to serve our members and improve the quality of life in our communities through local employment, economic development, business engagement, youth education, grants to educators, advocacy for energy issues, community involvement and emergency preparedness support. Visit for more information.


Shelly Nance with Piedmont Electric Rep


Julie Goodwin and class


Tabitha Faulkner and students


David "Ag" Jones with students


Susan Hess and students


Richard Hughes, Jennifer Davis, Angie Hungate, Amanda Bedo, Sabrina Crumpton's students