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JOEMC Mini-Grants to OCS Teachers Exceeds $44,000

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Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corporation believes in supporting local public schools and their efforts to enhance and enrich every student’s learning experiences. 

For 24 years principals and teachers have been invited to submit proposals for educational projects that could provide additional opportunities for students in the form of mini-grants ranging from $100 to $2,000.  This year the number of grant requests exceeded expectations, according to Paula Reddick, the assistant VP of Community and Public Relations for JOEMC.  A total of 275 grant proposals were submitted from OCS, Jones County and Topsail area schools totaling over $850,000.

On Monday, Nov. 4, JOEMC hosted its annual awards banquet at Jacksonville High School for recipients of 75 projects for grants totaling $74,338.  Jeff Clark, CEO of JOEMC, and Steve Goodson, VP of Energy Services, handed out checks for projects with an array of titles including White Oak High School’s “Beauty is in the Eye of the Bee-holder,” and Richlands Primary’s “Lego of My Emotions.” Twenty-seven Onslow County Schools received 51 grants totaling $44,622.

The program was created to distribute mini-grants to support innovative, creative and effective initiatives not covered by traditional school financing. The grants are awarded for projects in any discipline and are intended to help school personnel by acquiring needed materials, teaching units and hands-on opportunities to enhance their student’s education.

Redick said the hardest part each year is choosing who will receive the grants out of the many great submissions they get. To date the electric cooperative has awarded over $1.5 million in grants to fund teacher’s projects and provide additional learning opportunities for hundreds of thousands of students.



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