Bright Ideas 2020 Winners


Jackson EMC employees recently delivered big  checks to 47 teachers in 25 middle schools to fund their innovative class projects. Overall, the cooperative awarded $64,000 in Bright Ideas grants for projects representing a variety of disciplines.

Now in its sixth year, the Bright Ideas grant program awards up to $2,000 annually to middle school teachers in Jackson EMC’s service area for innovative class projects that would go unfunded otherwise. Educators for sixth through eighth grades can apply for a grant. 

The 2020 Bright Ideas grants represent a variety of disciplines, including engineering, music, agriculture, physics, computer programming, math, business, English Language Arts and more.

Funded projects must involve the students directly, provide a creative learning experience with ongoing benefits through innovative teaching methods, create opportunities for teamwork and support the continuous improvement of education in Georgia. For this year’s grants, teachers submitted project ideas that could be done virtually by students.

2020 Bright Ideas Prize Brigade Photos

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2020 Bright Ideas Winners


School Awarded Educator Project
Arts & Innovation Magnet $1,880 Ashley Bailey Innovation Station: Robotics
Banks County Middle School $2,000 Lori Taylor Rubber Band Racers
Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy $1,262 Ysheena Lyles The Bigger Picture
Bear Creek Middle School $664 Katherine Huberty Raising Garden Beds
Bear Creek Middle School $1,620 Donna Morris Differentiated Digital Learning
Bear Creek Middle School $1,935 Kellie Rutledge Math Cam!
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School $1,260 Barb Saunders Still Growing at Home
Cherokee Bluff Middle School $294 Stacy Loverde Flexible Engagement for Special Needs Learners
Chestatee Academy of Inquiry & Talent Development $1,900 Dawn Hudgins Fighting for the Lives and Rights of Others
Chestatee Academy of Inquiry & Talent Development $1,590 Glen Lawson Scientists Read Here
Chestatee Academy of Inquiry & Talent Development $2,000 Jeanne Rountree Adventure Virtual Reality
Coleman Middle School $1,461 Sheila Harmony Greenhouses, Gardens and Green Thumbs
Da Vinci Academy at South Hall $1,533 Sara Atwill The Interconnected Underwater World
Dacula Middle School $2,000 Tracie Banner Programming the Future
East Jackson Middle School $1,140 Tyler Gamble Print to Learn
East Jackson Middle School $528 Amelia Johnson-Scofield Techno Savvy Science
East Jackson Middle School $1,135 Bucky Sorrow 1-2-3 Baseball
East Jackson Middle School $338 Jessie Wood Virtuous Virtual For All
East Jackson Middle School $1,626 Christopher Strickland Chorus for Community
Gainesville Middle School $558 Linda Kennedy-Murray Garden Access for Everyone
Gainesville Middle School $1,800 Dory Moore Digital Music for the 21st Century
Gainesville Middle School $1,990 Jane Reed Portable Lab Station
Haymon-Morris Middle School $2,000 Nancy Murray Pen Reader
Hull Middle School $1,377 Aimee Burgamy Digital Drawing with a PEN
Hull Middle School $447 Beth Feustel Koozie Maker
Hull Middle School $645 Susan O'Neill Sensory Tools for Special Needs Learners
Hull Middle School $1,856 Kari Solomon Green Communities
Jefferson Middle School $947 Tracy Pratt English Learner's Lab
Jones Middle School $2,000 Maile Steimer Classrooms without Borders: Immersive Learning with Virtual Reality
Jordan Middle School $1,177 Lori Leigh Alderman Tactile Learning Beyond Walls
Lumpkin County Middle School $402 Mariam Brunner Virtual Marketplace
Lumpkin County Middle School $1,105 Heather Rairigh It's SEW FUNdemental!
Northbrook Middle School $1,885 Arpan Bosmia Drone Medics to the Rescue!
Radloff Middle School $2,000 Celia Ayenesazan Sustainable Communities: A Model for the Future
Russell Middle School $840 Angela Brown The Mean and MAD Scientist
Russell Middle School $345 Megan Scott Nearpod in Action
Twin Rivers Middle School $1,980 Andrew Cox Radioactive Radon
Twin Rivers Middle School $739 Sarah Farr Literacy Through Social Studies
Twin Rivers Middle School $1,990 Anna Herdliska Microscopy from Miles Away
Twin Rivers Middle School $2,000 Jason Hurd Driving By With Auto AI
Twin Rivers Middle School $2,000 Jessica Morse Wireless for Zoom Lessons
West Jackson Middle School $502 Kasey Bryson Wonderful Wood Works
West Jackson Middle School $1,982 Dana Harrell When We Lift Our Voices
West Jackson Middle School $953 Raechel Hunt Books for Digital Learning
West Jackson Middle School $1,532 Caralena Luthi 3D Physics Car Derby
West Jackson Middle School $1,532 Jennifer Deckard Let's Get Digital, Physical!
Westside Middle School $1,265 Tamra Morris Bridging the Gap Through Digital Microscopes