TEACHERS, TURN ON YOUR BRIGHTS – The Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers Bright Ideas, a grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom-based education projects.

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A. Berl Davis, Jr. President & CEO

BACK IN MAY 2013 at Palmetto Electric’s Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout, there was probably only one finalist who hoped he’d lose — Paul Griz, father of fellow finalist Jonathan “Little Bear” Griz. The two are regular competitors in the Shootout, with the senior Griz making the finals again last year. Then, last November, “Little Bear” scored a big win for Team Griz: Our Grant Patrol showed up at his school, Hilton Head Christian Academy to award his teacher, Mary Delle Robinson, $820 for her Bright Ideas entry, “How Our Garden Grows.” You see, “Little Bear,” his father, and other Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout contestants had helped raise money for last year’s grants, including his teacher’s. Talk about a nice shot — our photographer captured the moment below; that’s Principal Melanie Hilton with “Little Bear” and Ms. Robinson. bi DSC_0189 Helping educators The Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers Bright Ideas, a grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom-based education projects. Since 2004, we have awarded 445 Bright Ideas grants in Hampton, Jasper and southern Beaufort counties totaling over $330,000. We’re now accepting applications for 2015 Bright Ideas grants. The grants are intended to fund projects outside normal school funding. Teachers in grades K–12 from schools in our three-county service area can apply. Palmetto Electric Trust is supported by funds from Operation Round Up, a program in which co-op members round their electric bill up to the nearest whole dollar to aid worthy local charities. If you have any questions about Bright Ideas or application procedures, contact your local Palmetto Electric office or e-mail us at BrightIdeas@palmetto.coop. Wonderful WIRE Our community outreach organization WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) also assists in funding Bright Ideas — and a lot of other worthy local efforts, as the group’s recent 14th annual WIRE Membership Dinner highlighted. Among WIRE’s 2014 accomplishments was sponsoring a $1,000 Bright Ideas scholarship. All told, the ladies returned $7,963 in gifts and scholarships to our community. Thanks to WIRE, our Shootout participants and Operation Round Up contributors, our community is brighter and better than ever. Well played, everyone!

 

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