Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative recently awarded $44,650 to winning teachers and their team members through the 14th annual Bright Ideas grant program. The prize team visited classrooms and awarded grants Oct. 23-25.

Earlier this year, teachers from southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties submitted proposals for innovative classroom projects. A total of 98 grant applications, totaling more than $86,484, were received.

“This year, we are excited to awarded 57 grants to benefit more than 9,000 students in our three county service area,” said Berl Davis, president and CEO of Palmetto Electric Cooperative.

The Cooperative’s Bright Ideas Prize Team surprised the winning teachers and presented the money where it will be used – in the classrooms. Later in November, the cooperative will host a recognition luncheon at Palmetto Electric’s New River facility to honor the recipients and their administrators.

Since the program’s inception, area teachers have received more than $465,349 in grants.

Palmetto Electric Trust is supported by funds from Operation Round Up, a program in which the Cooperative’s members round their electric bill up to the nearest whole dollar.

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