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Pender County teachers receive Jones-Onslow Bright Ideas grants

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Pender County teachers receive Jones-Onslow Bright Ideas grants
Posted on 12/10/2015
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Pender County — Twenty-three Pender County teachers were recognized as Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation Bright Ideas grants recipients during a special ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Jacksonville High School.


Combined, Pender County teachers received more than $5,700 in grant funding.


North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have offered Bright Ideas education grants to teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state for more than 20 years.


Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, more than 1.8 million students have participated in 9,200 Bright Ideas projects. This year, Jones-Onslow funded more than $65,000 in Bright Ideas grants to 295 educators in 48 eligible schools in Jones, Onslow and Pender Counties.


Below is a list of Pender County’s Jones-Onslow Bright Ideas grant winners.


North Topsail Elementary School


“Insects for Kindergarten”

Leah Smith

Gerald Thompson

Tina Holland

Patricia Mazzara

Renee Thigpen

Stephanie Martin

Leann Moores

Suzette Faldinski

Ellen Strother


South Topsail Elementary School


“Inquire and Inspire: Science, Math and Literacy”

Elyse Rosenstock

Linda Donavan

Natalie Abraham

Kathleen Dickerson


Topsail Elementary School


“We Didgeridoo, Do you?”

Laura Beth Payne

Carol Vincent


“Bringing Light to Learning”

Vicky Nazelrod

Stephanie Burke


“Stability balls in the classroom”

Jessica Heffner


Topsail High School


“Probing Our Way Through Science”

Ben Schosek

Margaret Burke

Matt Perkins


Topsail Middle School


“Topsail T-Shirt Shop”

Danielle Bafunno

Mary Tobin