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PSH educator scores a Bright Ideas grant

Published on Friday, May 5, 2023

Bright Ideas 2023 grant winners 

Photo Provided By: Berkeley Electric Cooperative

From sensory gardens to student-constructed ferris wheels, Berkeley County School District teachers have some innovative projects in the works.

Thirty educators/employees from 15 BCSD schools were able to secure funding – either individually or as a team – through Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s 2023 Bright Ideas Education Program.

The program supports innovative and effective classroom education curriculum that cannot be covered by traditional school financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants up to $1,000 while teams of teachers are eligible for grants up to $1,500.

Teachers in public and private schools, K-12 in Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s service area are eligible to participate. Grants are awarded for projects in any discipline and are intended to help teachers within Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s service area produce a better-educated workforce. The grants are designed to help teachers introduce innovative teaching methods.

Grants are awarded annually in a competitive evaluation process. This year, with the support of the community, Berkeley Electric was able to distribute more than $35,000 to 30 different educational projects across the Lowcountry, supporting teachers and their classrooms. 

Congratulations to Philip Simmons High special services teacher Daphne Foster on winning a Bright Ideas Grant!

Foster named her grant FUNctional Friday with Foster (Triple F), and it is geared toward bringing small kitchen appliances to her classroom.

“Every Friday in my classroom, we make a meal during math to teach the kids skills that they can use with cooking when they graduate,” Foster said. “We also incorporate the math the students have learned during the week.”

Foster said some of the purchased appliances so far include a mini refrigerator, a pressure cooker, an ice cream maker, a microwave and a George Foreman grill.