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CCEC and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation have awarded $28,479.52 in Bright Ideas education grants to 42 teachers in Carteret County and Havelock to fund engaging projects for their students. More than 16,000 area students will benefit from these grants.

Educators who win Bright Ideas grants are going above and beyond for their students,” said Melissa Glenn, communications director at CCEC. “The innovative and creative learning initiatives developed by our area’s teachers are impressive, and we are proud to help them bring these bright ideas to life.”

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, CCEC and its foundation have contributed more than $616,000 to local teachers. Winning projects cover nearly all subjects, including science, math, technology, art, music and more.

CCEC is one of 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina offering Bright Ideas grants to local teachers. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $15 million in Bright Ideas funding for nearly 14,200 projects and benefiting more than 3.5 million students.

Bright Ideas grant applications are accepted by the co-op each year from April through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2024.

The Bright Ideas grant program is part of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative’s ongoing commitment to building a brighter future through community support of education.

Follow CCEC on Facebook @CarteretCraven to see how programs, such as Bright Ideas, are impacting local students and communities. To learn more about Bright Ideas grants, visit and follow @NCBrightIdeas on Facebook and Twitter.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative supplies power to 45,000 meters serving more than 42,000 members in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties and is part of Touchstone Energy®, a nationwide family of co-ops exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

2023 Bright Ideas Education Grant Winners




A Sea of Learning

Taylor Morris

Music and Sound Lab

A Sea of Learning

Patience Haye

You 2 Can Do Math

Atlantic Elementary

Deidre Arthur

Makey Makey Pirate Fun

Beaufort Elementary

Carol Martinez

Lighting up our learning

Beaufort Elementary

Talley Best Long

Good Vibrations!

Broad Creek Middle

Kelsey Bennett

Forerunners For Runners

Broad Creek Middle

Ashley Colley

Building Bright Futures with LEGO Kits

Gramercy Christian School

Katie Long

Hands-on technology and art

Havelock High

Stephanie Wilson

Havelock Handiworks

Havelock Middle School

Elizabeth Muller

Cultivating Cultural Connections: Creative Infusion Days

Morehead City Elementary

Miranda Aleshire

"Who Was" Podcast

Morehead City Elementary

Marsha Sirkin

Going Pro at the Crystal Coast!

Morehead City Elementary

Lorrie Johnson

Hands-on Models: How Much is a Million?

Morehead City Elementary

Wendy Stewart

First in Flight: Connecting Flight Engineering and History to our NC Roots

Morehead City Elementary

Sherri Hale

Enhancing Education with Re-Write Boogie Board Tablets

Morehead City Elementary

Angela Skrabec

Breathing New Life into Our Book Room!

Morehead City Middle

Matthew Turpin

Rube Goldberg Devices at MCMS

Morehead City Middle

Kara Wilkerson

Minute Mart Expansion Project

Morehead City Middle

Stacy Ham

Sheep Brain Dissection Lab

Morehead City Primary

Amanda McCall

Research Road Trip: A National Park Experience

Morehead City Primary

Toni Luther

Take Coding to the Next Level with Sphero

Morehead City Primary

Claire Ross

Sensational Science

Morehead City Primary

Carla Starnes

Growing Greatness

Morehead City Primary

Jessica Schiavone

Helping Readers Become Leaders

Morehead City Primary

Alicia O'Brien

Action! Action!

Newport Elementary

Lauren Baxley

Making a Dramatic Difference in Language Acquisition Through Dramatic Play

Newport Elementary

Megan Marshall

Ready, Set...READ!

Newport Elementary

Emily Golightly

Handy Dandy Handicrafts in the Library

Newport Middle School

Todd M Stehle

The SCIENCE of Sound!

Newport Middle School

Stacey Stehle

All suited up with no SPACE to go!

Newport Middle School

Heather Montero

STEM Spark: Igniting Curiosity and Innovation

Roger Bell New Tech Academy

Whitney Hernandez

Making Meteorologists

Roger Bell New Tech Academy

Vanessa Angelo

Math Magicians: Crafting Minds for Calculative Wonders

Smyrna Elementary School

Tanner Worrell Cayton

Hedgehog Happiness: Fostering Learning & Empathy through a Classroom Companion

Tiller School

Hannah Chadwick

Rolling for Robots

Tiller School

Gillian Rose

Boogie Boarding in 3rd Grade

Tucker Creek Middle School

Rosemary M Steinman

Breaking down the curriculum both digitally and hands-on in math class!

West Carteret High School

Sandy Quinn Giovannini


West Carteret High School

Matthew Graham

Wildflower Ecosystem

West Carteret High School

Ashley Allen

OCS Woodworking Shop for WCHS, CHS, & ECHS

White Oak Elementary

Sharon Voss

Harmony Through Ukuleles

White Oak Elementary

Paisley Bennett

Grow Anywhere and Everywhere!