Class Notes

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Crayons2Calculators supply drive

DURHAM -- Crayons2Calculators volunteers and school buses will be at two locations on Aug. 16 for a “Fill That Bus” school supply drive for Durham Public Schools teachers.

Supporters are asked to bring school supplies to help fill two buses to stock the shelves of the C2C store where teachers shop for free school supplies.

One bus will be in the parking lot of Sam’s Club and Office Depot, 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd., and the second bus will be outside the Renaissance Village Chick-Fil-A, 7836 Leonard Drive.

Crayons2Calculators (C2C) has partnered with more than 175 businesses, neighborhoods and associations for this year’s “Fill That Bus!” supply drive.

Last year the supplies drive, coordinated by the four area Rotary Clubs, collected more than $63,000 in school supplies for Durham Public School students and teachers.

This year, Crayons2Calculators aims to collect over $75,000 in supplies.

Kestrel Heights’ students earn money

DURHAM -- Kestrel Heights students are earning money and prizes for their school just by collecting and recycling the drink pouches they use at home and in the lunchroom.

Students have reached the second level of the TerraCycle and Capri Sun’s Drink Pouch Brigade milestone contest by collecting more than 18,000 drink pouches.

The students have earned more than $400 for their school by collecting the drink pouches.

Thousands of other schools across the U.S. are also participating in the recycling contest.

The program is free to any interested organization or individual and all shipping costs are paid. To learn more about the program or to sign up, visit

Bright Ideas grants available

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including Piedmont Electric Membership Corp., are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based learning projects.

The final deadline to apply is Sept. 18, but teachers who submit their application by the early bird deadline this Friday will have a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards.

Teachers can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,500 which is part of more than $600,000 in Bright Ideas funding that will be awarded to teachers statewide during the upcoming school year.

The application, grant-writing tips and more information about the Bright Ideas education grant program can be found at

Classroom teachers at qualifying schools in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties can apply for grants individually or as a team. Last year, Piedmont Electric awarded more than $25,000 locally to fund 29 projects at 19 schools.

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