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Snapping Shoals offers grants to teachers

COVINGTON - Teachers looking for a little more money for their classroom have the opportunity to get some help again this year.

For the third year, Snapping Shoals EMC will award more than $50,000 in grants to teachers in Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties through the Bright Ideas program.

"Teachers always struggled to get projects funded," said Snapping Shoals spokeswoman Leigh-Anne Burgess. "Especially in the economic situation we are in now, it's harder on them, so we hope this will ease some stress on them."

Grants are meant to fund educational opportunities and activities for students that will develop their interests and abilities. Teachers or groups are encouraged to come up with innovative ideas that will make learning more exciting, effective and interesting for students, according to a press release from Snapping Shoals.

The grant money comes from unclaimed capital credits, which are allowed to be redistributed to educators since Gov. Sonny Perdue approved the program in 2005. Since then, Snapping Shoals has provided about $100,000 to teachers in its coverage area, Burgess said.

Teachers and groups in Newton and Rockdale counties interested in applying for a Snapping Shoals Bright Ideas grant must contact their local Board of Education to apply.

In Newton County, teachers - individual teachers, middle school teams, departments, grade levels or cross-disciplinary teams - must turn in their application packets to Kathy Garber, grants coordinator at the Newton County School System, by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

The application, which requires a principal's approval, requires a description of the project, goals and outcome, methods for accomplishment and project cost.

Grants are available for up to $1,500 each and must be expended by March 31.

NCSS will notify winners by Sept. 25.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.