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9 BCSD educators awarded Bright Ideas grants

Published Friday, September 28, 2018

BCSD Bright Ideas winners

Pictured above are BCSD Bright Ideas award winners (BCSD photo)

Nine Berkeley County School District educators were recognized Thursday evening for innovative approaches to educating our children.

The special reception and awards ceremony was hosted by Berkeley Electric Cooperative at the Goose Creek fire station on Button Hall Avenue. The yearly event caps the power provider’s Bright Ideas Grant Program, which awards local teachers as much as $1,000 each. 

Berkeley Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Johanna Cooper said the program is a “direct investment in our local educators, students, schools and the communities we serve.” 

“Our seventh Cooperative Principle is ‘Concern for Community’ and it focuses on developing our communities through economic development, education, and safety,” Cooper said. “That principle is the guiding force behind our partnership with the school district. Over the past few years, this partnership has allowed the Cooperative to not only support our local educators, but also their students who will grow up to become our next generation of employees and member-owners.” 

Through the process, teachers can apply and are awarded grants up to $1,000 individually. Teams of teachers are eligible for grants up to $1,500. 

“We recognize that educators have an incredibly tough job and we hope that this will encourage them to continue to seek excellence,” Cooper said. 

BCSD’s Bright Ideas Award winners

  • Cassie Cowdrey – Berkeley Intermediate School
  • V. Lynne Dubay – J.K. Gourdin Elementary
  • Kristina Eriksen – H.E. Bonner Elementary
  • Analyn Haynes – Philip Simmons Elementary
  • Melissa Mills – H.E. Bonner Elementary
  • Michelle Norwood – Sangaree Middle
  • Jessica Sanders – Sangaree Middle
  • Miriam Smith – Cross High School
  • Simona Spinner – Cross High School


Brian Troutman