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Snapping Shoals Bright Ideas grants announced
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Twelve projects proposed by Rockdale County Public School teachers and educators were awarded grants this year from the Snapping Shoals EMC Bright Ideas grant program for 2010. These 12 received a total of $14,955.65 in funds and were selected out of 74 proposals (up from 46 last year).

The grant winners were (project name, school, percent funded):

Hey Math, I'm Checking Myself Out and the Future is Bright!, Peeks Chapel Elementary, 100%

From the Farm to the Table, Heritage High School, 100%

Adapted Softball Program, RCPS, 100%

The Tortoise Can Win the Race, Lorraine Elementary School, 100%

Enhancing Student Engagement in Science and Engineering, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, 75%

Crash! Call CSI!, Salem High School, 75%

Sound Garden, Rockdale Career Academy/ELC, 75%

Biotechnology Gene Quest-DNA Analysis, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, 50%

Actively Engaging Students in a Critical Study of Holocaust Literature, Conyers Middle School, CMS, 50%

On-Campus Mountain Bike Trail, Hertiage High School, 50%

Creating Learning Opportunities Through Cooking, Salem High School, 50%

Pow Wow! A Native American Music Experience, Sims Elementary School, 50%

More than $50,000 in grants are given to Rockdale, Newton and Henry County educators each year. The grants are designed to help teachers who wish to extend educational opportunities and activities for students by developing student interests and abilities. 

The grants are allocated from unclaimed capital credit funds, according to Snapping Shoals EMC. Capital credits, or margins, are the revenues that are over and above the cost of providing service for customer-owners of an electric co-op, such as Snapping Shoals, for a specific year after financial obligations have been met. Snapping Shoals EMC refunds these capital credits to its members when its Board of Directors determines it is appropriate to do so. Capital credit funds that are unclaimed by members are used to support such programs as the Snapping Shoals EMC scholarship program, the Bright Ideas program and other community projects.

To find out more about applying for the program for next year in Rockdale County Public Schools, contact Tracy Knutsen at