Empire Electric Association recently awarded $1,000 to the newly formed Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance (SCCA). SCCA dedicated $1,000 of their recently awarded grant of $20,000 from the Conservation Lands Foundation to match Empire’s donation to be used for their “Bucks for Buses” campaign. SCCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated solely to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center. The “Bucks for Buses” program will assist in providing bus funding for classroom teachers to bring their students on field trips to either the Anasazi Heritage Center or the Monument for guided lessons. Interested teachers should call Diane McBride at 970-882-5628 to apply for funding. For more information about SCCA or to contribute to the bus campaign, contact McBride.