GALLERY: Covington Electric awards over $14,000 to local teachers through Bright Ideas program

Published 2:45 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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Covington Electric Cooperative (CEC) recently awarded teacher grants totaling $14,332.21 to 19 teachers at schools served by the cooperative. The grants will enable these teachers to implement special projects in their classrooms that might not otherwise be possible.

CEC offers the Bright Ideas grant program each year to help teachers with learning initiatives that are not covered by traditional funding. The program is available to K4-12 teachers at schools served electrically by CEC. Individual teachers are able to apply for grants up to $800.

“The CEC board of trustees is committed to supporting educational opportunities that benefit our members and their children,” said CEC President and CEO Mark Parker. “The Bright Ideas program is one of many ways that we fulfill that commitment. This year, CEC received 19 grant applications and the co-op was able to fund every request. We’re very pleased with the interest we received in this program from teachers at schools throughout our service area.”

Grant recipients included teachers at Pleasant Home School, Straughn High School, Straughn Elementary School, Samson Elementary School, Red Level School, Fleeta School and one that works directly for all schools in Covington County.

“These grants will benefit more than 2,300 students who are the children and grandchildren of CEC members,” Parker said.

More details about the grant projects will be published in the February issue of Alabama Living magazine. CEC is an electric distribution cooperative that serves approximately 24,300 meters in parts of six counties which include: Covington, Coffee, Geneva, Dale, Crenshaw and Escambia.