1/4/2013 12:21:00 PM Neighbors care about Challenge
Dale Anderson (center) presents a check from Caring Neighbors. Photo by Briana Alzola.
Each year, the students at McFarland Middle School receive a message of hope, love and forgiveness. Rachel's Challenge is a program started by Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, the first student killed during the Columbine School shooting in 1999. To bring the speakers and program to the school, however, costs money. This year, the school was unsure if they would be able to provide enough funding to continue with the assembly, which occurs near the beginning of each school year. A combination of supporters contributed this year, including Avista, Columbia Bank, Alternative Sentencing, the Columbia Basin Health Association and Colley Mint. Most recently, donating $1,200, was Caring Neighbors, with the Big Bend Electric Cooperative. This nonprofit organization was formed to help communities BBEC serves. Board members meet quarterly to see how funds should be distributed. The program is funded through people in the cooperative. Participants have their bills rounded up to the nearest dollar and that rounded off money is given to Caring Neighbors. This averages about $6 a year for each account.