Exciting times at Liberty Elementary as we interrupted a ceremony announcing the school's STEM Certification to surprise teachers with Bright Ideas Grants!
Natalie Mondesir won a $1,675 grant for "Hummingbirds?", her project to allow 4th- and 5th-grade students to take part in engineering and robotics activities that involve kinetic sculptures and animatronics. Jessica Cook, Amy Brinson and Susan Battyanyi won a $1,925 grant to expand the school's pollinator garden, reviving the declining pollinator population while allowing students to learn about the needs of living things and how they grow.
Also present for the STEM ceremony were State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Liberty County Schools Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry, Congressman Buddy Carter, State Board of Education Member Mike Long, Liberty County School Board Chair Lily Baker, Assistant Principal Dr. Jami Lee, Principal Chris Anderson, Representative Al Williams and Liberty County School Board Member Verdell Jones -- along with a room full of cheering students and school staff!
Bright Ideas grants are funded by the Coastal Electric Cooperative Foundation's Operation Round Up, in which our members allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next whole dollar and invested back into the community. We'll award another round of grants in two weeks, so stay tuned!