Electric co-op gives Bright Ideas grants to Clarendon teachers

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 11/2/18

CLARENDON COUNTY - Teachers at Manning Elementary School and Walker-Gamble Elementary School are the recipients of Bright Ideas grants from Santee Electric Cooperative.

Representatives from Santee Electric Cooperative visited the schools and …

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CLARENDON COUNTY - Teachers at Manning Elementary School and Walker-Gamble Elementary School are the recipients of Bright Ideas grants from Santee Electric Cooperative.

Representatives from Santee Electric Cooperative visited the schools and presented the winning teachers with their checks last week. The Bright Ideas grant program, which is funded through the state's electric cooperatives, rewards teachers for innovative classroom-based education projects. At the beginning of the school year, teachers present grant applications to SEC. SEC chooses the winners, and checks are awarded each October.

Renee Owens, the music teacher at Clarendon School District Two's Manning Elementary School, was awarded a grant for her application titled "Drumming Up Character."

Betsy Watts, a special education teacher at Clarendon School District Three's Walker-Gamble Elementary School, received her check for a grant she titled "Making Sense of the World."

Michelle Weaver, the librarian at Walker-Gamble, received her check for a grant she called "Nothing Finer! Book Studies on our South Carolina."

Beth Yarborough, a 5-K teacher at Walker-Gamble, was awarded her check for the grant she titled "Let Learning Echo in Kindergarten."

"All of these grants were outstanding," said Mary Grace McGee, manager of Community Relations for Santee Electric Cooperative. "All were extremely creative."