Surry-Yadkin EMC awards grants to teachers for ‘Bright Ideas’

2015 Surry-Yadkin Bright Idea grant recipients.

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DOBSON — Surry-Yadkin EMC is awarding more than $6,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to 10 teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects. More than 3,000 students at schools in Surry, Yadkin, Forsyth and Wilkes counties will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by Surry-Yadkin EMC this year.

“Our Bright Ideas grant winners are making a real difference for students,” said Adam Martin, manager of public relations of Surry-Yadkin EMC. “Teachers 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.”

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, Surry-Yadkin EMC has contributed more than $100,000 total to local teachers.

“Surry-Yadkin EMC is committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there is hardly a better investment than in the education of our youth and future leaders,” Martin said.

Surry-Yadkin EMC is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. During the month of November, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants.

Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $9.6 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 1.8 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 9,200 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

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 judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2016.

To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit ( or the Bright Ideas website at

Surry-Yadkin EMC provides power to 27,000 members in Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes and Forsyth counties. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.

Surry-Yadkin EMC’s 2015 grant winners for Yadkin County is Jaclyn Hughes of Starmount High School.

2015 Surry-Yadkin Bright Idea grant recipients. Surry-Yadkin Bright Idea grant recipients. Courtesy photo
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