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Education, Training and Information

Dear Members,

Education, Training and Information is one of the seven cooperative principles Benton REA adheres to and endorses. This means that we are committed to providing educational opportunities for Benton REA employees, trustees and members so they can contribute effectively to the development of Benton REA and to enhancing their local communities. Here are a few ways that you and your family can learn and grow with Benton REA.

Electrical safety is the most important thing we can teach, and we think the best way to do that is to show the power of electricity. Benton REA’s electrical power safety demonstrations are available for your child’s classroom, your community group meeting or a community event that you help plan or host. We offer a small table-top demonstration, or a large, life-sized demonstration at no cost to our members, with the hope that the demonstration may save someone’s life someday!

On October 3, Benton REA, along with other Tri-Cities utilities and organizations, will host The Energy Experience at The Reach Museum in Richland. Local eighth-graders will have the opportunity to explore the world of energy from generation to conservation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field trip.

Energy conservation is a great way to lower your electric bills. Benton REA hosts several classes each year free of charge to Benton REA members interested in lowering their electrical power use. Watch for upcoming newsletters in your billing statements for this fall’s class schedule.

And, don’t forget to remind your graduating high school senior to apply for one of Benton REA’s five $8,000 scholarships! Scholarship applications will be available in October.

Education doesn’t end when you receive your diploma. Life is about learning as you go, and we hope that Benton REA can be part of your learning experience as you progress through your educational journey!


Michael J. Bradshaw
General Manager

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