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Van-Far Elementary receives Monsanto grant

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Shown, from left: Mike Culwell, Doug Wood, David Gibson, Donnie Gibson, Gena Gibson, Doug Mertin, and Kent Buckman. (Not pictured: Felicity Culwell).

The Van-Far Kindergarten Team, Angie Morris, Sara Jensen, and Gena Gibson, are very excited to accept the American’s Farmers Grow Communities $5,000 donation sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

With the donation the K Team plans to purchases ipad minis to be used in the kindergarten classrooms.  By updating our availability to technology we are not only giving kids a new, engaging way to learn, we are also preparing them for technology use in the future.  The ipad minis will promote high levels of student motivation, engagement, and learning.  There are many apps available to teach and reinforce fundamental literacy and mathematical concepts and skills.  These apps are engaging, interactive, and provide children with immediate feedback.

The ipads will enhance ways to practice basic skills and allow technology integration that otherwise would not be present at the kindergarten level.  The ipad minis are unique in that apps allow for the students to touch the screen to manipulate items while providing immediate feedback and redirection.  The touch screen is more developmentally appropriate for this age level.  Traditional computer resources do not provide the touch screen.  The feedback and redirection of the apps provide more time-on-task and less frustration when working independently.

It is very exciting to have this opportunity to provide this source of technological learning.Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas due to drought by the USDA winning farmers in these counties were able to direct double the donation, a total of $5,000 to further support the community. Audrain County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Gena Gibson, the opportunity to place two $2,500 donations.

Gena Gibson selected Van-Far Elementary School to receive both donations.

In 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit.

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties suffering from the historic drought. America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society and to help them positively impact their communities.

This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural America. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit