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Taylor Smith with the Washington state flag.

Taylor Smith Represents Washington state in Youth Leadership Council

Some children born in rural communities choose to plant roots in their hometown. Others seek a “better life” in urban areas after high school. Benton REA believes a better life can be had in both scenarios by investing in the rural community leaders of tomorrow. Taylor Smith, daughter of Benton REA members Blake and Sheri…

girl holding colored pencils and markers

Kids! Enter the Safety Poster Contest

Benton REA is once again sponsoring its Safety Poster Contest for all elementary schoolchildren whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electrical accounts. Prizes will be distributed at the annual meeting July 13 at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland. Age Categories: Kindergartners and 1st graders 2nd and 3rd graders 4th and…

Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling

Benton REA Sends Students to Washington, D.C.

Two Hanford High sophomores will visit the nation’s capital in June on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling will represent Benton REA on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour June 13-20, 2019. The Hanford high school sophomores were selected by a committee of Benton REA…

High School graduates wearing graduation gowns and holding their caps above their heads

Scholarships Available for Members’ Children

Your son or daughter could earn one of five $8,000 scholarships from Benton REA if he or she applies by January 4, 2019. Current high school seniors whose parents are members of Benton REA and whose main residence is within Benton, Yakima or Lewis counties are eligible to apply for a Benton REA college scholarship. The cooperative…

The 2018 Washington state delegates met Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, D.C. on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Pictured left to right, Taylor Smith of West Richland, Cantwell, Tashi Simpson, Israel Poulson, Talmage Hales and Joshua Cahoon of West Richland.

Co-op Seeks Youth Tour Delegates

Students wishing to attend the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., have until November 30 to apply. Benton REA will select two area high school students to represent the cooperative on this all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. The trip will begin June 13 and end June 20, 2019. Winners will travel with students…

Benton REA Board President Mike Freepons digs a hole with 5 students to plant a tree

6th Graders and Benton REA Plant Trees for Cleaner Air

Future students, parents and visitors of Leona Libby Middle School track events will breathe easier and stay cooler under four new trees planted by students and Benton REA trustees. This spring, students in Mrs. Debbie Ellefson’s 6th grade science classes researched the causes of climate change and the effects of added carbon dioxide in the…

Five students from Washington state pictured in front of the United States White House in Washington, D.C..

Co-op Youth Visit D.C.

More than 1,800 youth from cooperatives across the United States converged in Washington, D.C. June 7-14 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)’s Youth Tour. Five students from Washington co-ops attended. Nathan Cahoon and Taylor Smith, both of West Richland, represented Benton REA. Students from Tanner Electric Cooperative in North Bend and Big Bend…

Benton REA 2018 scholarship recipients: Jared Robinson, Claire Schaef, Talita Rogers, Cassandra Baune and Fletcher Smith.

$8,000 Benton REA Scholarships Awarded

Benton REA awarded one Trade & Technical and four Academic scholarships to local graduating high school seniors at the cooperative’s 81st Annual Meeting on February 10. Talita Rogers, daughter of Mark and Patricia Rogers of Prosser, was the recipient of the $8,000 Trade & Technical scholarship. Recipients of the $8,000 Academic scholarships all reside in…

Nathan Cahoon and Taylor Smith

Local Students Bound for Washington, D.C.

Two area students have been selected to represent Benton REA on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour, June 7-14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Taylor Smith, a sophomore at Hanford High School, and Nathan Cahoon, a junior at Richland High School, will join several other students from Washington and Oregon on…