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For Immediate Release


Jarrett Carter Sr.

BGE Recognizes Giving Tuesday by Awarding $25,000 to Support Teachers’ ‘Bright Ideas’

BGE Recognizes Giving Tuesday by Awarding $25,000 to Support Teachers’ ‘Bright Ideas’

BALTIMORE (Nov. 29, 2017) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)  yesterday announced 55 recipients of its inaugural Bright Ideas Teachers’ Grants program.

Created to support Kindergarten-12th Grade teachers in securing valuable teaching and learning tools, the grants help to expand innovative ideas for academic enhancement and workforce development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Teachers throughout BGE’s service area submitted project proposals to receive up to $500 in funding.

“We are honored to support such a robust portfolio of learning opportunities for our young people, specifically for deserving out-of-the-box initiatives which are often just outside of school budgets,” said Valencia McClure, vice president of governmental and external affairs and corporate relations for BGE. “We chose Giving Tuesday to make this announcement to further reinforce BGE’s commitment to employee volunteerism and corporate social responsibility. We expect that this program will continue to grow and benefit our extraordinary teachers and the communities we serve throughout central Maryland.”

The winners were revealed at TouchPoint Baltimore, a neighborhood-based collaboration center where non-profit organizations provide an array of community services. The variety and scope of the proposals allowed all eligible submissions to receive full financial support this year.

In partnership with Exelon shareholders, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in the areas of energy efficiency, the environment, education, economic and community development, and emergency response and safety. 

During the past five years, BGE has provided approximately $25 million in philanthropic support of communities throughout its service area,  with more than $1 million invested annually in electric and natural gas safety awareness, scholarships, workforce training and youth development. 

2017 Bright Ideas Teachers Grants Recipients:

Anne Arundel

​Central Middle School​POP Figures in the Library: A Maker Project
Central Middle School​The Bird House Project  
​​Lake Shore Elementary School ​Node Red Coding 

Baltimore County

​Hillcrest ElementaryDigital Learning Day​
​Holabird Academy  ​Making Math and Science Dreams Come True
​Holabird Academy ​Factors, Growth and Development, Genetics   with Fast Plants
​Mays Chapel Elementary​Intro to Little Coders Club
​Norwood Elementary School​ Pendulum Painting     
​Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School  ​STEM Enrichment
​Woodhome Elementary Middle ​Electricity and Magnetism    
​Berkshire Elementary​ 1st Grade STEM

Baltimore City

​Abbottston Elementary #50 ​Butterfly's Beautiful Life Cycle 
​Arlington Elementary/Middle School  ​ FutureMaker  
​Armistead Gardens School ​Community Vegetable Garden   
​Bard High School Early College  ​Environmental Art   
​Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy​Build Up My Physics Lab    
​Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts #130​Science Lab Equipment 
​ConneXions Academy ​ Lights Out!
​Curtis Bay Elementary Middle School #207​Aeronautics 
​Digital Harbor High School ​Digital Harbor HS Community Garden
​Edgewood Elementary School​Creating  Solar Powered Cars
​Federal Hill Preparatory School ​ Make It with A Makey Makey
​Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School ​Community Revitalization     
​George w McMechan HS /177​Let’s Be Energy Efficient 365 
​Graceland Park O'Donnell Heights Elem./M.S.​The Green Food Machine 
​Hamilton Elementary Middle School ​School Garden 
​Hamilton Elementary Middle School​Lunchtime Engineers 
​KIPP Harmony Academy- BCPS  ​Gardening for a More Healthy Tomorrow!
​KIPP Harmony Academy​Ramps and Pathways
​Lakeland Elementary/Middle            ​Help Our 6th Grade Students Shine Bright in Math
​Lakeland Elementary/Middle​Supplies for our Enrichment Class
​Lakeland Elementary/Middle​Raising Chickens
​Mary Ann Winterling​Fourth Grade STEAM Fair
​Patterson Park Public Charter​Vernier Labquest Technology - Inquiry Science in 6th Grade 
​Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle SchoolFilm Club
​Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School  ​Windsor Hills Science Club 

Carroll County

​Carroll County Board of Education Outdoor School​Bricks for Kidz
​Manchester Elementary​Robotics Club
​Manchester Valley High School​Aquaponics
​Runnymede Elementary​Technology and the Classroom
​Taneytown Elementary School​Ukuleles for Taneytown Elementary
​Westminster Elementary School  ​School Library Makerspace

Frederick County

​Frederick Adventist Academy​Citizen Science Bird Watchers
​Frederick Adventist Academy​CurrClick  
​Frederick Adventist Academy ​Memorable Monuments
​Frederick Adventist Academy​Rube Goldberg Machines

Harford County

​C. Milton Wright High School  ​Every Student Has a Voice   
​FountainGreen Elementary​Give Every Student a Voice

Howard County

​Applications and Research Lab​Medical Training Supplies
​Our Lady of Perpetual Help School​Breakout EDU kits
​Resurrection - St. Paul Home School Association​Raspberry Pi in the Classroom
​St. Louis School​Headphones for First Grade Class
​St. Louis School​The Energy of Forces and Motion

Prince George’s County

​Charles Herbert Flowers High School ​Project Lead The Way
​Northwestern High School   ​Generating Potential Through STEM



BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017, 2018, and 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM  BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In the J.D. Power 2018 and 2019 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service among utilities in the East Region. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Connect with BGE on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and engage with the latest BGE stories on

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