National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 2: Teachers, apply for a Bright Ideas grant

Tuesday, May 2, is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and Roanoke Cooperative would like to remind teachers to apply for a Bright Ideas grant this year:

Roanoke Cooperative is partnering with outstanding educators to bring creative learning to life! Starting April 1, teachers can apply for a Bright Ideas education grant of up to $2,000 to fund projects that enhance student success in K-12 classrooms and would otherwise not be possible. Applications and more information about the program can be found at

Grants are available in all curriculum areas including art, science, history, and mathematics. Teachers in Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Perquimans counties are eligible to apply.  These grants will go to local teachers for the 2023-24 school year. Over the past 29 years, Roanoke Cooperative has issued more than $250,000 in projects that have benefited hundreds of students in the counties it serves.

Bright Ideas grant applications will be accepted through Sept. 15, but teachers are encouraged to apply early. Those who submit their application by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards. To learn more about this program, click here.

Supported by all 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina, Bright Ideas grants have contributed $15 million to N.C. classrooms, funding a total of 14,200 projects that have benefited well over 3.5 million students statewide since 1994. Support for youth and education is part of our continued commitment to building a brighter future for the communities we serve.

National Teacher Appreciation Day was first recognized as a national holiday in 1980. It honors teachers and school administrators for their hard work, kindness and patience throughout the year.