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Amicalola EMC awards $50,737 in Bright Ideas grants to local teachers
Riverview Elementary School teacher Lauren Stephenson recently received a $960 grant from Amicalola EMC as part of the cooperative’s Bright Ideas grant program. (Photo courtesy of Amicalola EMC)

This year, Amicalola EMC awarded a total of $50,737 in Bright Ideas grants to local teachers in the electric cooperative’s service area. 

According to a recent press release by the organization, the funding went to 74 teachers in 30 private and public schools throughout Dawson, Cherokee, Gilmer, Lumpkin and Pickens counties. Included in this total was Riverview Elementary School teacher Lauren Stephenson, who was given a $960 grant for her classroom. 

Amicalola EMC’s Bright Ideas program began in 2010 and is funded by unclaimed property in compliance with Georgia’s unclaimed property laws. Since the program began, over $576,870.59 has been awarded to local teachers. 

“The program was created to reward teachers who go the extra mile to research and implement innovative classroom projects that otherwise would not receive funding,” the release said. “Amicalola EMC congratulates all the winning teachers.” 

For more information about Amicalola EMC’s Bright Ideas program, contact Director of Public Relations Stacey Fields at 706-253-5287.