The Power of the Parent and the Community in Tri-Cities, WA

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I admit I’m a little heavy on the West Richland blog posts, but I live there, so I know this stuff!

In 2004, the Wiley Elementary PTO was asked to spearhead an effort to get new computers for the school’s computer lab.  The PTO that year tabled the suggestion for next year’s PTO to handle.  The ’05-’06 executive board earmarked portions of various fundraisers for the computer lab.  Bit-by-bit they updated things, but it was essentially band-aids on old computer equipment.

The Fundraising Co-ordinator for this year’s PTO (the estimable Julie Ridgeway) made it her mission to replace the old computers.  She knew that the kid’s projects couldn’t be finished due to delayed computer response time and occassional ‘crashes’.  In addition, newer programs couldn’t be run. 

The end-of-the-year Golf Tournament was the answer.  The final numbers show that through the tremendous efforts of volunteers and parent donators and community donators, too, over $35,000 was raised to completely replace ALL the computers in the computer lab!!!  And, over $17,000 was raised to send to their sister school in New Orleans…NP Trist in St. Bernard Parish (only the third school to re-open since The Hurricanes).

Three cheers for people who have a drive to see something accomplished.  Three cheers for the awesome Tri-Cities business and organizations and individuals who donated time and money.  And three cheers for the kids who go to Wiley Elementary who now have access to the latest in computer technology.

See, I told you it was a great place to live!


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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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