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Union Power, Panthers surprise 15 UCPS teachers with grants

Pictured are Carolina Panthers players and Panther's mascot Sir Purr helping Union Power Cooperative representative Carrie Stroud, center, award Thomas, at right, a Bright Ideas grant of $816 for her “Champions of Education” project and Hill a grant of $300 for her “Storybirds” project.

The Union Power prize patrol, several Carolina Panthers and the Panther’s mascot Sir Purr surprised two Western Union Elementary School teachers recently with Bright Ideas grants totaling $1,116, thus kicking off the grant presentations that would ultimately bring about $11,000 to 15 UCPS teachers.

The purpose of the money is to fund innovative teaching projects. The kickoff awarded grants to Miranda Thomas (a grant of $816 for the “Champions of Education” project) and Angela K. Hill (a grant of $300 for her “Storybirds” project.)

The “Champions of Education” project provides materials for students to create a math and science activity kit to share with other classes. The “Storybirds” funding provides technology for students to record and add music to personal stories being told in the classroom.

The surprise visit to Western Union Elementary was part of a celebration of grant-winning teachers across the state, innovation in education and the 20th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program.

More than 4,429 students statewide will benefit from the Bright Ideas grants awarded by Union Power Cooperative during surprise visits to classrooms in November and December. Union Power Cooperative granted $20,000 this year to area teachers for their “bright ideas.”

“We at Union Power are committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there’s no better investment in the future than in the education of our youth,” said Greg Andress, executive vice president and general manager at Union Power in a statement. “Through Bright Ideas grants, we are honored to support outstanding teachers whose creative ideas invigorate students and help them reach new levels of success.”

During the Western Union presentation, Panther players spoke to the students, encouraging them to work hard in school. They then answered questions from students.

Union County Public School winners are:

Ann Jacob from New Town Elementary won $580 for her project, “Lights, Camera, Action – Tragedies and Comedies of Ancient Greece.”

Chris Roncone from Marvin Ridge High won $1,834 for his project, “Oh! What a relief it is.”

Kelly Lepsig and Jessica Ennis Hall from Monroe High won $1,945 for their project, “Oh, The Places You Will Go.”

Susan Helms, Tracy Price and Annette Harris from Piedmont High won $2,000 for their project, “Earth, Fire, Air, and Water…Raku Pottery.”

Tracy Price, Alli Sanderson, Susan Helms and Angie Medlin from Piedmont High won $2,000 for their project, “Zany Zebras and Movie Makeup.”

Angela Hill from Western Union won $300 for her project, “Storybirds.”
Miranda Thomas from Western Union won $816 for her project, “Champions for Education.”

Darleen Morris from Parkwood Middle won $645 for her project, “Seeing Beyond My Borders.”

Donna Brown and Cheryl Nebel from Walter Bickett Education Center won $167 for their project, “Improving Social Communication Skills with Preschoolers.”

Cheryl Nebel from Walter Bickett Education Center won $646 for her project, “Apraxia Therapy Materials.”



























































Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Dec 16, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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