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Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas is Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative's way of "energizing" creativity in and out of the classroom through educators at local schools. Mid-Carolina awards approximately $16,000 in grants each October to educators who have innovative ideas for their projects. Mid-Carolina Electric sponsors the Bright Ideas program to allow educators to compete for funding outside often-limited school district resources.

The "Bright Ideas Grant Patrol" makes special visits to grant winning teachers, surprising them with a check and other prizes to celebrate their awards with the entire school.

"The idea behind Bright Ideas," according to MCEC's CEO Bob Paulling, "is to help empower good teachers, to provide support outside of normal public school funding for great projects that deserve to be explored, yet need that extra assistance."  Thank you all for your hard work and dedication as you strive to brighten the futures of our area youth!  Visit us on Facebook to see photos of past winners and their projects.  

Bright Ideas is open to educators in grades kindergarten through twelve in Lexington School Districts One, Two, Three and Five; Saluda County schools; or Pinegrove Elementary, Rhame Elementary, Sandel Elementary, St. Andrews Middle or Columbia High (Richland County).  This year, we have extended our deadline through September 30th and encourage all educators who are working remotely to apply for items needed to create their ideal virtual classroom environment. To learn more about MCEC's Bright Ideas program, contact Lacy Ridgell at 803-749-6471 or via email at


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