Carolina Panthers Players and Sir Purr to Award Winning Bright Ideas Education Grant in Surprise Assembly
Union Power Cooperative to Give $800 Bright Ideas Grant to Deserving Teacher
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An innovative family heritage program at Charlotte’s Idlewild Elementary School has caught the eye of the Carolina Panthers and a local electric cooperative.
On Tuesday, November 14, Union Power Cooperative, who sponsors the Bright Ideas education grant program, three Carolina Panther players and Sir Purr, the Panther’s mascots, will pay a surprise visit to Idlewild Elementary in Charlotte, NC, to kickoff Bright Ideas Month and present a $824 Bright Ideas grant for the project “Hunting for Family Treasures.”
The grant will introduce genealogy to second and third graders, and allow students to research information about their family history and present that information to their fellow students. Students will then create their own unique family treasures.
It is a yearlong project that will enable students to engage in a discovery of their family’s history and heritage through such methods as the creation of family trees and the learning and sharing of family stories.
“There are many exciting facets to this project,” said Carrie Cameron, Union Power Bright Ideas coordinator. “The most appealing aspect is how students and their families will be encouraged to make their own family treasure, such as a family cookbook, a family photo album or collage, plan a family reunion or create a family time capsule. Family is an important element in any young child’s development, and Union Power is proud to be a part of Idlewild Elementary’s innovative program.”
Carolina Panthers players Jeff King (Tight End), Taye Biddle (Wide Receiver) and Nate Salley (Safety) will kick off the project at a special school assembly Tuesday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m. The school is located 7101 Idlewild Road. The players will speak to the 300-plus students on the importance of family heritage.
Also receiving special recognition is teacher Dan Barber, who submitted the winning Bright Ideas grant. During November, Bright Ideas Month, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award more than $550,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to North Carolina teachers. Bright Ideas awards up to $2,000 to North Carolina teachers for innovative classroom based projects. In it’s 13th year, Bright Ideas has awarded more than $5 million and funded projects in mathematics, arts and the sciences that have reached approximately 850,000 students.
The Bright Ideas education grant program is another example of the electric cooperatives’ commitment to community. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve 2.4 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.
Source: North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives
CONTACT: Charles Martin, 1-800-662-8835, ext. 3214-work,
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Touchstone Energy cooperatives
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