$529,000 to North Carolina educators

A record $528,561 worth of Bright Ideas grants were awarded to North Carolina’s teachers during the state’s Bright Ideas Week Nov. 18 to 22. The program, which has awarded more than $3 million since its inception in 1994, has funded more than 2,100 projects involving more than 500,000 students. The Bright Ideas education grant program is sponsored and administered by North Carolina’s 27 electric cooperatives. These grants fund innovative classroom projects that otherwise would go unfunded. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have financed a variety of hands-on projects, including activities in music, art, history, language, reading, science, career planning, and information technology.


$400,000 in equipment from

Cisco Systems and Sun Microsystems The Lab School of Washington—an internationally recognized institution known for its innovative programs for children and adults with learning disabilities—has received a network computing system from Sun Microsystems Inc., worth $400,000, designed specifically to meet the special needs of its students. The system includes 180 desktop Sun Ray appliances, Sun Enterprise 420R hardware, and two Sun Fire 220R servers. “With the support of Sun Microsystems, the Lab School now has a state-of-the-art network computing system in every classroom, our computer labs, the library, and in all administrative offices,” said Professor Sally L. Smith, the school’s founder and director. “The new system will allow us to create programs specifically designed for students with learning disabilities.” The complete installation was made possible through a partnership with Cisco Systems and its donation of switches and routers valued at $50,000.


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