A kindergarten teacher at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 was one of 123 teachers in the state to win a N.C. Bright Ideas grant from North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives.
Casey Schertzinger, in her first year at CSS, was awarded a grant for $730 and honored at a luncheon in Raleigh on Friday.
"CSS is so fortunate to have Mrs. Schertzinger," said her principal, Rhonda Greene, who attended the luncheon with the teacher and with LCPS Assistant Superintendent Nicholas Harvey II. "She transferred to Lenoir County this summer from Wilmington and immediately hit the ground running. I am so proud of the hard work she is putting forth!"
Schertzinger plans to use the grant to buy books geared to the reading levels of her class. This was her first attempt at winning a Bright Ideas grant, she said.
Grants awarded Friday totaled $174,000 in funding. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state through the statewide program administered by N.C. Electric Cooperatives and through regional program sponsored by 26 electric cooperatives. In November, 35 LCPS teachers collected $29,000 in Bright Ideas grants awarded by Tri-County EMC.
Overall, about 500 grant ideas are funded from more than 1,600 applications submitted annually, according to Safaniya Stevenson, coordinator for the Bright Ideas Grant program
The Lenoir County Board of Education recognized Schertzinger for her achievement at its meeting Monday, Dec. 5. In the photo below, she is pictured with, from left, Bruce Hill, vice chair of the board; board chair Jon Sargeant; and Superintendent Brent Williams.
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