Monsanto announced last week at the Farm Progress Show that 176 school districts in 35 states have been selected to receive grants of up to $25,000. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural EducationSM program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will invest $2.3 million in rural schools across the United States during the 2012-2013 school year.
Audrain County R-VI FFA was one of the districts receiving a grant.
“School districts were innovative and creative in their applications,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund President. “We are really looking forward to seeing the proposals come to fruition and learning how the students benefit from them.”
State Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, has recognized the Community R-VI and Monroe City R-I school districts’ recent receipt of grants from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program.
“My hat goes off to these fine school districts,” Sen. Munzlinger said. “They were among 176 districts in 35 states that were chosen to receive the grant funding. That, in itself, shows how dedicated and capable these schools are. Congratulations to them on a job well done… When you’re talking about education, you’re talking about something that needs cooperation and help from all of us…Especially in the economic climate we’ve been in for the last few years, it’s good to see organizations come out and show their support for the future of our country. I thank them, and I congratulate the Laddonia and Monroe City school districts on receiving these awards.”
R-VI’s grant will be used to purchase grow carts, probes and sensors, which will be used by advanced science classes to increase students’ understand of plant science by integrating technology into instruction.
Nominating farmers were Melisa Ahrens, Michelle Aulbur, Delana Becker, John Becker, Tom Becker, Bonnie Cox, Emory Cox, James Cox, Ian Curtis, Jim Curtis, Lois Curtis, Penny Dahl, Randy Dahl, William Dahl, Stephanie Donaldson, Mike Duenke, Vicki Duenke, Andrew Fairchild, Bill Fairchild, Justin Fennewald, Linda Fennewald, Mark Fennewald, Cindy Fort, Greg Fort, Donna Gastler, Debra Hoyt, Laurance Hoyt, Mary Frances Hoyt, Teddy Hoyt, Tony Hoyt, Jerome Johnson, Susan Johnson, Eddie Lay, Gloria Lay, Daryl Mccown, Dock Mccown, Eugene Mccown, Jackie Mccown, Nancy Mccown, Troy McCown, Bob Meyer, Francis Meyer, Lillian Ray, Virginia Robertson, Wayne Robertson, Kenneth Robnett, Daniel Schafer, Gary Schutte, Jay Schutte, Susie Schutte, Bobby Stone, Eddie Stone, Isabel Stone, Nicole Stone, Robert Stone, Susan Stone, Sharon Stuckenschneider, David Sublette, Lorene Sublette , Floyd Vogt, Regina Vogt, Calvin Webber, and Jo Windmann.
After being nominated by local farmers, school districts completed an online application and finalists were chosen by math and science teachers from ineligible school districts. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 prominent farmers from across the country, then reviewed the finalists’ applications and selected the winners.
“Who better to judge the practical content and quality of these applications from rural school districts than experienced, working farmers?” said Jim Andrew of Jefferson, Iowa, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Farmer Advisory Council Member. “We devoted many hours at home evaluating and scoring the applications and then met as a group in St. Louis for two days to discuss and select the schools we recommended to the Monsanto Fund for grants. It was personally very rewarding to read the creative and practical grant applications that were eventually selected by our advisory group to receive the grants.”
There were 176 school districts in 35 states that received grants of up to $25,000. Winners are posted at www.growruraleducation.com and below. America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education started with a successful pilot in Illinois and Minnesota in 2011, in which farmers were given the opportunity to nominate public school districts in 165 eligible counties in those two states.
The Monsanto Fund awarded more than $266,000 to local schools in sixteen Crop Reporting Districts. Now, the program has expanded to 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities and support local rural school districts. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural education and communities. Another program that is part of this effort is America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite community nonprofit organization in their county.
Farmers can participate in this program through Nov. 30, 2012 by visiting growcommunities.com.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.
Missouri-Community R-VI School District, Johnson Co. R-VII, Liberal R-II, Lone Jack C-6, Miami R-I School District, Monroe City R-I, Northeast Nodaway Co. R-V, Oak Ridge R-VI, Orrick, Pleasant View R-VI, Strain-Japan R-XVI