Grant brings 21st-century learning to Hornets Nest

Jon Colcord, EnergyUnited’s manager of business development, presents a check and prizes to Hornets Nest Elementary teacher Jolandra White. (Courtesy of EnergyUnited)

Hornets Nest Elementary School teacher Jolandra White was one of 11 Mecklenburg, Iredell and Rowan County teachers to receive a Bright Ideas grant from EnergyUnited.

These awards, which will impact nearly 3,500 students, are among 28 Bright Ideas grants, totaling approximately $40,000, given to educators within EnergyUnited’s 19-county service area for special projects that will help to enhance classroom innovation and instruction.

“EnergyUnited is committed to improving the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through education our students,” said H. Wayne Wilkins,
EnergyUnited chief executive officer. “Bright Ideas is the only grant program exclusively for North Carolina teachers, and we are proud to support this worthy cause.”

White was awarded the grant for her project “Stepping into 21st Century Learning.” White said she plans to use the funds to purchase iPads for her classroom.

“We will complete problem-based learning projects to increase students’ knowledge base and higher order thinking skills,” she said. “These projects will include digital story-telling, bully prevention projects and more.”

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