Jackson EMC awarded two Gainesville Middle School teachers a total of $1,583.78 in Bright Ideas grants.
Jim Bradley earned $843.78 for a green fire design where students will plan and construct a hydro/wind power project to generate hydrogen gas. Sharla Gladden received $740 for a dissection lab in her life sciences program.
In 2016, Jackson EMC awarded more than $65,700 in Bright Ideas grants to 53 teachers in 29 schools across its service area, marking an increase of more than $15,000 from 2015.
The Bright Ideas Grant Program awards up to $2,000 to middle school teachers in the Jackson EMC service area for innovative classroom projects that would go unfunded otherwise. An independent panel of judges evaluates the applications based on measurable goals and objectives, innovation, student involvement and implementation plans.
For more information on the Jackson EMC Bright Ideas Grant Program, visit www.jacksonemc.com/brightideas.