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Lowcountry teachers receive grants from Palmetto Electric

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Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative awarded $41,230 this week for the tenth annual Bright Ideas grant program. Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative awarded $41,230 this week for the tenth annual Bright Ideas grant program.
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Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative awarded $41,230 this week for the 10th annual Bright Ideas grant program. The money goes towards winning teachers and their team members.

This year, a total of 57 grants benefited more than 9,000 students in southern Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. Since Palmetto Electric has launched the program, 2004 local teachers have received over $300,000 in grant money.

The Cooperative's Bright Idea Patrol presents the money where it will go to. Check presentations happen right in teachers classrooms. Representatives from the Cooperative and the Trust greeted teacher with a gift bag and their checks at each school. During the month of November, the cooperative will host a luncheon at Palmetto Electric's New River facility to honor the teachers and their administrators.

The cooperative invited teachers earlier this year to submit proposals for innovative classroom projects. In October, 104 grant applications, totaling more than $94, 530 were received from teachers in three local counties.

"I tell people it is one of the most rewarding and gratifying things that we do. To see the excitement on the faces of the teachers and students is just a wonderful thing. It is so needed, we know some teachers have to pull money out of their pockets and to help with this stuff is just really rewarding," said Jimmy Baker, VP of Marketing & Public Relations for Palmetto Electric.

The Bright Ideas grants are for local school teachers in grades K-12. The grants give teachers money to put innovative classroom projects into action.

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 dollar. Additional funding was provided by Palmetto Electric's Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout and chapters of Women Involved in Rural Electrification.

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