Coweta-Fayette EMC awards over $29K in Bright Ideas Grants to 24 area teachers

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Pictured above is Bright Ideas Grant Recipient Christy Jennings, teacher from Thomas Crossroads Elementary School, with students.

From Coweta-Fayette EMC Press Release

Coweta-Fayette EMC awarded $29,926.33 in Bright Ideas Grants to 24 deserving teachers across Coweta County Schools, Fayette County Schools, and Heard County Schools.

Earlier this year, several local teachers submitted Bright Idea Grant applications to assist with innovative classroom projects, and 24 were selected as grant recipients. Grants were approved by the Coweta-Fayette Trust Board.

Blaire Thrasher, Engineering and Technology Teacher at East Coweta Middle School, was excited to receive a grant for her project, “Ready, Set, Spike!”

The project is designed to allow students to use their knowledge of coding learned in both computer science and in engineering and technology class and apply it in hands-on problem- solving activities. Students will design, build, and program a robot to complete obstacle courses designed to mimic real-world obstacles. The grant will assist in the funding of the robotics kits.

“Our students are learning about computer science and programming, and they’re moving forward with programming robots right now,” said Thrasher. “We are so lucky to receive this grant for the robotics kits and we’re excited to start this in our classes. Thank you so much for the Bright Ideas Grant!”

Tanya Fairbanks, 3rd Grade Teacher at Fayetteville Elementary School, can’t wait to begin teaching her students about growth and leadership through her project, “Planting Leaders.”

The project will allow students to discover and practice leadership skills through the growth of hydroponic plants. This indoor gardening area will serve as a collaborative space inside our school for growing leaders, as well as plants to be used in classrooms and the school cafeteria. This will help students not only learn the process of plant growth but also facilitate the school’s leadership curriculum through students having responsibilities to themselves, each other, and the environment. The older students will then work with younger students to teach them perseverance, dedication, and responsibility. The grant will assist with the funding of a hydroponics system and a garden kit with vegetable seeds.

“Receiving a Bright Ideas Award has made my whole year,” said Fairbanks. “This will help us ensure that our students become leaders not only in the school but also within the community. Through growing plants together, not only are the students taking leadership roles, but they’re also learning where food comes from, what is healthy for their bodies and ultimately how to become their best self!”

Congratulations to the following 2022 Bright Ideas Grant (BIG) award winners!

Grant Recipient Area Winners

Coweta County Schools
Blake Bass Middle School – Kelsey Armstrong and Lisa Holland
East Coweta Middle School – Julie Eidson, Tonya Isabell, and Blaire Thrasher
Lee Middle School – Adriana Cantwell
Madras Middle School – Kathryn Lake
Moreland Elementary School – Pamela Smith
Poplar Road Elementary School – Faith Wheeler
Ruth Hill Elementary School – Mary Thompson
Thomas Crossroads Elementary School – Christy Jennings
Western Elementary School – Ciara Johnson
White Oak Elementary School – Paula Corley

Fayette County Schools
Fayetteville Elementary School – Tanya Fairbanks and Joanna Johnson
Kedron Elementary School – Kori Perez and Angie Thompson
McIntosh High School – Seth Bishop
Sandy Creek High School – Christina Bryant and Jill Lloyd
Starr’s Mill High School – Melissa Beaulieu
The Foundry Academy School – Dan McCully
Whitewater Middle School – Susan Boyd

Heard County Schools
Centralhatchee Elementary School – Tracey Hunt

Bright Ideas is funded by Operation Round-Up. Coweta-Fayette EMC’s Operation Round Up Foundation celebrated 27 years in 2020, and since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $6 million in assistance to those in need within our local communities. Operation Round Up could not be successful without with willingness of our members/owners that participate. Sign up for Operation Round Up by visiting https://utility.org/operation-round-up- purpose/.

The 2023 B.I.G. applications will become available in May 2023. For questions, please contact Megan Phillips at 678-630-6680 or [email protected].

Founded in 1993, Operation Found Up offers Coweta-Fayette EMC members the opportunity to “round up” their bill to the next highest dollar amount, with the difference being contributed to a fund which is awarded to various individuals and organizations in need.

Blaire Thrasher, Bright Ideas Grant Recipient, pictured with East Coweta Middle School administration and students, and CFEMC employees.

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