Southside-Ashpole Elementary School Teacher receives 2019 Lumbee River EMC Bright Ideas Education Grant

Southside-Ashpole Elementary School Teacher receives 2019 Lumbee River EMC Bright Ideas Education Grant

Kindergarten Teacher Summer Chavis-Jackson receives grant from Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporative for her project “Virtual Voyage in the Innovative School Bus”

Southside-Ashpole Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Summer Chavis-Jackson will be awarded the 2019 Bright Ideas Education Grant during a ceremony hosted by Lumbee River EMC on Wednesday, December 11th.

Summer Chavis-Jackson earned the grant with her project, “Virtual Voyage in the Innovative School Bus.”  This project will provide Kindergarten students valuable exposure through the use of virtual reality.  Students will take virtual fieldtrips and experience STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through the use of advanced technology.

Summer Chavis-Jackson: “Dr. Bowen shared this grant opportunity with us at the beginning of the year and I discussed ideas with him and was grateful for his support with helping me see it through. I am excited about the opportunities this grant will provide to our Kindergarten students.”

Dr. Kenneth L. Bowen (Achievement for All Children School Director): “One of the greatest factors in closing achievement gaps is providing students with opportunities for exposure.  Virtual reality provides an opportunity for students to visit to places not practical, or even possible in real life, all from the safety of the classroom.  I am excited for our Kindergarten students and I thank Lumbee River EMC for recognizing and supporting Summer Chavis-Jackson’s project.”

Tricia Cotham (Achievement for All Children President): “Achievement for All Children is extremely excited about the leadership that Dr. Bowen is providing for Southside-Ashpole this year.  Summer Chavis-Jackson’s project is one of many great initiatives being led by Dr. Bowen and the staff.  I look forward to visiting the Kindergarten classes and taking virtual voyages with them.  Thank you, Lumbee River EMC, for supporting growth and achievement at Southside-Ashpole!”

For more information visit Southside Lumbee EMC press release