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Nominations From Local Farmers Help Monticello School District Win $25,000 Grant To Further STEM Education

October 12th, 2017 by

image002The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Partners with Farmers to Make a Difference in their Local Communities by Nominating Rural Schools for $2.3 Million in Grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Monticello School District will use the Grow Rural Education grant to enhance elementary science classes by updating technology that will help integrate Project Light the Way curriculum.
Farmers from across the country nominated, reviewed and selected the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant recipients.
Since the Grow Rural Education program began in 2011, the program has awarded more than $14 million in grants to rural public school districts, with $315,000 going to Arkansas.

According to the National Science and Math Initiative, the number of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. To ensure Arkansas students are prepared to take on these jobs and have the education they need to help solve global challenges, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, has partnered with local farmers to provide a $25,000 grant to Monticello School District in Drew County, Arkansas.

Monticello School District is just one of the many success stories of the Grow Rural Education program. Examples of additional past winning programs include helping schools build greenhouses, develop robotics programs and create livestock learning laboratories.

To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, school districts had to be nominated by farmers in eligible counties to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Nominated school districts then submitted a grant application describing their STEM-focused project. The program’s Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the country with an interest in agriculture and education, reviewed the finalist applications and selected the winning school districts, including Monticello School District.

“The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program works with farmers to help make their local communities a better place by preparing their students for successful careers,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “The schools we’ve worked with tell us that the grants they receive through the Grow Rural Education program have real results. In many cases, students seem more excited and interested in what they’re learning and the programs funded by these grants have resulted in higher student engagement in STEM.”

In 2017, the Grow Rural Education program will award $2.3 million to deserving schools. Since the program began in 2011, it has awarded more than $14 million to more than 750 schools in rural communities across the United States. To view a complete list of winners or to learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, visit GrowRuralEducation.com or follow along on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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