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Jackson EMC awards Bright Ideas grants to 6 teachers
Grants awarded to teachers
Pictured, from left, are Tate O’Rouke, Valerie Lancaster, Glen Lawson, Terri Gruenenfelder and Michelle Conable.

Three teachers from Chestatee Academy won Bright Ideas grants: Glen Lawson received $1,820 for his project on battery-saving circuits; Terri Gruenenfelder won $844 for her bringing earth science to life project; and Cindy Smith won $531 to bring the “Homeless Bird” novel exploration to her students. 

Valerie Lancaster from C.W. Davis Middle School and Jennifer Fowler from East Hall Middle School received $1,250 each to purchase BreakOut EDU boxes for their students. Michelle Conable from South Hall Middle School won $1,835 for a classroom project designed to teach soil-less plant science.  

In 2017, Jackson EMC awarded $50,000 in Bright Ideas grants to 34 teachers in 20 schools across its service area.  

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

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