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CCSD Schools Earn $12K in "Bright Ideas" Grants

Posted On: Friday, October 28, 2022

CCSD Amicalola Bright Idea Grant Winners collage 10 28 22

A collage of photos from some of the grant presentations.  More photos are online here.

Cherokee County School District schools have earned more than $12,000 in this fall’s Bright Ideas Grants!

The competitive Bright Ideas Grants are awarded by Amicalola EMC to the most innovative ideas from schools in their service area.  Seventeen CCSD projects won a total of $12,020 in this season’s cycle of funding, which was presented to recipients this month.

Classroom projects, which can each earn as much as $1,000 in funding, must propose a “creative learning experience for students, benefit and directly involve students, contain a clearly defined plan of implementation and encourage teamwork among students” to be eligible for the grant program.  Amicalola has awarded more than $40,000 to CCSD over the last three years at seven CCSD schools within the company’s service area.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you for your bright ideas to improve teaching and learning,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Thank you to Amicalola EMC for this continued outstanding support of our schools and community.”

The winning teachers and projects are: 
Ginny Baldwin, R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy, Math by the Book - $1,000
Ana Cahill, Creekland MS, Who Am I? - $225
Rhys Coury, Cherokee HS, Game Club - $600
Elise Creech, Creekland MS, The Grizzly Growl Podcasting Studio - $425
Mary Beth Cronan, R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy, For the Love of Reading and Soft Starts! - $500
Anne Cross, Clayton ES, Brain Ball - $800
Jennifer Frady, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, VersaTiles Math Activity Books with Answer Cases - $621
Cheryl Gazaway, Clayton ES, Birds of a Feather Learn Together - $700
Terri Hancock, Creekview HS, Junior Solar Sprint - $999
Dana Leverette, Cherokee HS, High Sensory Garden - $800
Mary Marble, Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, 3D Printing Station for STEM Lab - $900
Hollen Pope, Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, DASHing Through the School - $900
Traci Rollman, Creekland MS, Grizzly Community Health and Wellness - $1,000
Lisa Spence, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, Printmaking for All! - $750
Amanda Stewart, R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy, Building Math Fluency- $600
Valerie Wallace, Clayton ES, Master Meteorologists - $800
Kailey Webb, Cherokee HS, Incentives for at-risk students - $400
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