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At Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative we recognize that the children of today are the members of tomorrow. The Bright Ideas Classroom Grant Program was designed to reach our future members by helping their teachers better afford innovative and effective educational curriculum that is not covered by traditional school financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants up to $500.  Each year, SREC will award a total of $1,000.00 through this grant program.  The education-related programs must benefit SREC members or student populations within SREC's service area. Eligible educators in public and private schools, pre-K through 12th grade must be able to prove membership benefit.  It is not required for teachers or schools to receive electric service from SREC. Grants can be awarded for projects in any discipline, but must be energy or cooperative related.  Projects can range from the scientific study of electricity, the cooperative business model in business class, or the history of cooperatives in the building of America in history class.

Grant Applications Accepted March 1, 2019 until April 30, 2019.  Grants will be awarded at our Annual Meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Click here for list of eligible schools                                                                 Click here for application



Electrical safety is very important regardless of age.  Sussex Rural Electric’s safety program for class trips centers around our PowerPoint presentation and workbooks for an educational program on what electric power is, where it comes from, and the dangers that surround it.  We have found that students of all ages enjoy asking questions and have a lot of curiosity about electricity.  The question and answer time is always beneficial for all students.  The class will also utilize  handouts, activity sheets and our “Hazard Hamlet” Module.  “Hazard Hamlet” is a fully integrated display which incorporates sight and sound into training young people about the dangers of electricity in everyday situations.  The demonstration is an eye opening experience complete with sparks, sounds, and small power arcs. “Hazard Hamlet” is an educational  device designed with a dynamic and interactive design, which brings the message home in a very dramatic way that keeps the attention of  young children for optimal results in learning and retention. 

If weather permits, the students will leave the presentation portion of the trip and go outside to see a bucket truck up close and also have a lineman explain the importance of safety and what it is like to be a lineman. 

· Each student will receive a “hard hat” , handouts, and a certificate acknowledging their safety training.

· Trips start in March and are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm.

· Trips take approximately 1.5 hours at the cooperative

· Trips are limited to 30 students and/or scouts.



​    Hey Teachers and Scout Leaders!  We offer School & Scout Support, programs designed with schools and Scouts in mind

    from pre-k to high school. 

    Check out our brochure or call us at 973-875-5101.




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