Westfield Bank Grant Proposal Results in Award to Rachel’s Challenge
WESTFIELD — Westfield Bank announced that a grant proposal it submitted to the Massachusetts Bankers Assoc. Charitable Foundation on behalf of Rachel’s Challenge has resulted in a $2,000 award to that organization.
Rachel’s Challenge provides intervention programs designed to provide a safe, caring, and supporting learning environment and is named in honor of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. in 1999.
The award will help fund local anti-bullying efforts in the Greater Westfield area, and is in addition to the $3,500 Future Fund grant Westfield Bank awarded Rachel’s Challenge in 2015.
“Bullying, harassment, and violence have no place in society — and especially not in our schools,” said James Hagan, president and CEO of Westfield Bank. “This generous grant from the Massachusetts Bankers Assoc. will help support local anti-bullying initiatives and assist the ongoing efforts of local educators and law-enforcement professionals to provide students with a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment. We are so pleased to have been part of this process.”