Educators from Covington Street and Laurel Hill Elementary Schools were recently awarded Bright Ideas grants Pee Dee Electric Membership Corporation.
Angela LeFlore and Emily Lighthall from Covington Street were awarded $1968.25 for the purchase of musical instruments.
According to LeFlore, the project will have a multitude of benefits to students in all grades.
“Music creation is a full body experience,” LeFlore wrote in the grant application. “When a student is participating in an Orff or drum ensemble they are not only learning about music. As a student physically plays music on an instrument they work on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The student is intellectually involving the entire brain at the same time during the music making process. Students are reading notes and works while also using problem solving skills and high order thinking.”
The kindergarten team at Laurel Hill Elementary was awarded a grant for the purchase of books and materials for listening stations in classrooms. The grant will be to purchase MP3 players and accessories as well as good literature for fluency modeling, according to teacher Leslie Knauss, who wrote the grant.
“Students will use the materials in Daily 5 and literacy station choices,” said Knauss.
“They will be able to create and record their own stories as well. Comprehension and language skills will grow through the use of good literature and teacher created materials for making text connections.”
The Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, provides funding to North Carolina teachers for innovative classroom projects that fall outside normal funding parameters.
Since the program began in 1994, about $7.9 million has been given to educators for more than 7,700 projects benefitting well over 1.4 million students.