Carteret County company awards grant money to innovative teachers

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - One company in the east is giving back to the community in a big way.

This week, Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op handed out grants to several deserving teachers.

One of those grant recipients was Dr. Kelsey Gillam and John Scarfpin at Havelock High School.

The teachers are planning to use the money they received to add new technology into the classroom.

Dr. Gillam is a science teacher and says the high tech microscopes they are purchasing will help students better absorb what they are learning and will replace very old and outdated microscopes.

The new equipment will allow students to see real time video of what's under the microscope.

"It will allow them to watch tiny microscopic organisms in real time and see them, and so it makes it, I guess, a little more personable and at the same time it allows me to help increase their critical thinking skills," says Dr. Gillam, a science teacher at Havelock High School.

The electric co-op gave out the 'Bright Ideas' grants to 36 teachers in Havelock and throughout Carteret County.

Officials with the company say the grants ranged from as little as $57 all the way up to $1,000 and are going to help teachers with innovative projects.