Taylor Blake, a first year agriculture teacher at Scotland High School was recently awarded a Bright Ideas Grant from the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation.
“This grant will allow us to purchase welders and welding supplies for our agriculture program,” said Blake. “Welding and agriculture mechanics is 25 percent of this curriculum and is a large part of agriculture production. These supplies will allow students to learn how to weld and prepare them for careers in agriculture production.”
Blake received $2000 for the purchase of the welding equipment.
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.