Braham Schools accept $10,000 donation for Rachel’s Challenge

The Braham School Board approved a $10,000 donation from East Central Energy to implement Rachel’s Challenge in the schools.

Rachel’s Challenge is an anti-bullying organization named after Rachel Joy Scott, one of first victims in the Columbine High School shooting incident in 1999.

The board has started organizational meetings, and plans to start with an August staff training, said Jonelle Klemz, a school social worker for Braham who has been working with the guidance team and administration to get Rachel’s Challenge started in Braham.

Braham Area Schools accept a $10,000 donation from East Central Energy to fund Rachel's Challenge for K-12 students. Pictured, from left, are East Central Energy Community Relations Coordinator Cindy Rolain, East Central Energy Communications Manager Jennifer Veeser, school social worker Jonelle Klemz, school counselor Krista McNally and chemical dependency counselor Charity Allen

Braham Area Schools accept a $10,000 donation from East Central Energy to fund Rachel’s Challenge for K-12 students. Pictured, from left, are East Central Energy Community Relations Coordinator Cindy Rolain, East Central Energy Communications Manager Jennifer Veeser, school social worker Jonelle Klemz, school counselor Krista McNally and chemical dependency counselor Charity Allen

Klemz said the program will benefit both the elementary school and the high school.

“We have been trying for years to get this program for Braham,” Klemz said. She said she hopes to start in the fall with three assemblies, including a community event.

The board also accepted a $150 donation from Mike Dennis for the Braham Chapter of Future Farmers of America, a $250 metal donation from North Metro Saw and a $500 metal donation from Arrow Tank for the IT/Vocational Agricultural Program and a $150 in-store credit donation from Braham NAPA for a high school project to create a super mileage car.

In other action, the board:

  • Approved money budgeted to have new sinks and bathroom stalls installed at the elementary school.
  • Approved the resignation of Kathy Olson, media center secretary at Braham Elementary, and the retirement of Joan Burke, elementary school teacher since November 1981.
  • Approved employment recommendations for Cindy Broman as a long-term paraprofessional sub, Brad Johnson as a high school cleaner and sweeper, and Lucy Pinataro and Kelly Monson as special education paraprofessionals.
  • Approved authorization to call or advertise for bids for student transportation.
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