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Duplin County Teachers Receive Four County EMC Grants for their Bright Ideas

Beck Browns class

Ms. Brown's Class

Britani Bechers class

Mrs. Becher's Class

Shanique Sewer is a winner

Shanique Sewer (C) with Principal Janice Wynn (L) and Gay Johnson (R)

Sulnora Olyemi is a winner

Mrs. Oluyemi

(Release and photos courtesy of Four County EMC)


Four Duplin County teachers won over $5,103 in Bright Ideas grants from Four County EMC.

“The Bright Ideas grant winners are making a real difference for students,” said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications of Four County EMC. “Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come.”

A list of the teachers and projects from Duplin County is included in the chart below.

In total, Four County EMC awarded $18,500 to 14 teachers in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties this year. Four County EMC has contributed more than $435,500 to local teachers through the Bright Ideas program since the program began in 1994.

“North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively awarded more than $11.5 million for approximately 11,000 projects benefitting more than 2.2 million students in our state over the past 24 years. “Education is key in building and maintaining strong communities. At Four County EMC, we are proud to support the communities we serve by supporting the educators who shape our future leaders,” added Johnson.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2019. North Carolina K-12 teachers may learn more at

Four County EMC serves over 32,500 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties.




Grant Title


Britani Becher

Chinquapin Elementary

Force and Motion Fridays


Rebecca Brown

Chinquapin Elementary

Baffling Lock Quandary



Shanique M. Sewer

Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary

Math + Art = STEAM


Sulnora S. Oluyemi

Wallace Elementary

Mud is Magnificent