Education

Updated for Jasper Co.: Palmetto Electric announces teacher grantees for 2015 Bright Ideas program

John Quindlen, right, smiles as Tray Hunter, vice president of marketing and public relations for Palmetto Electric Cooperative Inc., hands him a big check for $1,000 the morning of Oct. 26, 2015, at Hilton Head Island High School.  Palmetto Electric Cooperative's Bright Ideas Prize Team delivered three grants to teachers at Hilton Head Island High School out of the 43 grants that were awarded to teachers from southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.  Quindlen, who will use the grant money for the Robotics Club, received the largest grant of all 43 that were given out this year.
John Quindlen, right, smiles as Tray Hunter, vice president of marketing and public relations for Palmetto Electric Cooperative Inc., hands him a big check for $1,000 the morning of Oct. 26, 2015, at Hilton Head Island High School. Palmetto Electric Cooperative's Bright Ideas Prize Team delivered three grants to teachers at Hilton Head Island High School out of the 43 grants that were awarded to teachers from southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Quindlen, who will use the grant money for the Robotics Club, received the largest grant of all 43 that were given out this year. dearley@islandpacket.com

Updated Oct. 28 with Hampton County winners.

Beaufort County grants:

Petrut Grigore, TI-Nspire Navigator System, Beaufort - Jasper - ACE

Pam Donahue, The Better News Video, Cross Schools

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Hampton County grants

Amanda Altman, Habitats for Firsties, Varnville Elementary School

Dawn Smith, 3D: Dreaming, Designing and Developing, Varnville Elementary School

Robin Taylor, Journey to the Biltmore, Varnville Elementary School

Ellen Howard, The Wildflower Project, North District Middle School

Erin Ryan, Botanical Brainbots, North District Middle School

Latasha Smart, Frog dissection Lab – Hands-on and Minds-on Learning!, North District Middle School

Heather Skinner, Picture Me a Professional, Wade Hampton High School

M. Margaret Barnes, Dump It!, Ben Hazel Primary School

Jessica Deloach, Unlock the Fun, Ben Hazel Primary School

Peggy Smith, It’s a Small Small World, Brunson Elementary School

Bess Strong, Becoming Fluent Readers Through Technology, Brunson Elementary School

Louisa Bowers Beach, Got iPads, Patrick Henry Academy

Mike McCoy, FiTech (Encouraging Fitness through Technology and Curriculum, Patrick Henry Academy

Kendra Thacker, FULL STEAM AHEAD, Estill Elementary School

Jasper County grants

Petrut Grigore, TI-Nspire Navigator System, Beaufort - Jasper – ACE

Althea Wigfall, “String” is in the Air, Hardeeville Elementary School

Bonnie Gannon, Synergize for Robotics, Hardeeville - Ridgeland Middle School

Marsha Neal, Innovation 2 Creation, Hardeeville - Ridgeland Middle School

Lisa Nettles, Tiny House Project, Hardeeville - Ridgeland Middle School

Christina Randall, Drumming Up Success, Hardeeville - Ridgeland Middle School

Gregg Dixon, Social APPtivism, Royal Live Oaks Academy

William Cameron, The School House Rocks (Again), Royal Live Oaks Academy

Stefan Vasiu, CO2 Dragster: From Design to Fabrication, Royal Live Oaks Academy

Wendy Dubose, Principal, Creating Frankenstein’s Lab: Dissect, Dissect, Dissect, Legacy Christian Academy

Lori Adams, Lights, Camera, Action: “Kinder Kreations”, Ridgeland Elementary School

Kenneth Fisher, Bike Across America, Ridgeland Elementary School

Susie Ingram, Stamp Out Hunger – Grill! Read! Grill!, Ridgeland Hardeeville High School

Sherry Carroll, Fairy Garden and Historian Fairy Project, Thomas Heyward Academy

Seth Davis, Data Collection of Marketing – A Collaborative Effort, Thomas Heyward Academy

Amanda Bonds, Rising to the Top with Technology, Step of Faith Christian

About the program

The Bright Ideas grants program was created in 2004 as a way to benefit local kindergarten-12th grade teachers. The grants give teachers the money required to put their innovative classroom projects into action. Since the program's inception, area teachers have received more than $375,000 in grants.

Palmetto Electric Trust is supported by funds from Operation Round Up, a program in which the Cooperative’s members round their electric bill up to the nearest whole dollar. Additional funding was provided by Palmetto Electric's Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout and WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) Chapters.

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