Central receives $10,000 grant from Monsanto

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Central School District received a $10,000 grant to update science lab equipment and implement computer-based learning from local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Pictured are Bruce Finkel of Gold Country Seed, Central FFA teacher Jim Mesik, farmers Kevin and Janet Sons, farmer Philip Clark, farmer Paul Stuewe, farmer Chris Panning, farmer Jeremy Meuwissen and Joel Kidrowski from Gold Country Seeds. A total of 15 farmers nominated Central for the grant. (Submitted photo)

Central High School students will soon get to use the latest equipment in their science classes. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, Norwood Central Public School District received a $10,000 grant to update science lab equipment and implement computer-based learning. The new purchases include laptops for research and data filing, a digital microscope, a documentation camera and precision measurement tools.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers the chance to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education.
More than 1,150 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants this year.
“This grant will help our agricultural education program with needed equipment,” said Superintendent, Brian Corlett.  “This is the third year local farmers have nominated our school. We are very appreciative and excited that the local farmers are supportive. We want to say thank you.”
Norwood Central Public School was presented with the $10,000 grant at a ceremonial presentation on Sept. 24 before the high school volleyball game.
Nominated school districts across the country submitted grant applications in the spring. During the summer, a panel of educators from ineligible districts reviewed and evaluated applications based on merit, need and community involvement. The strongest submissions were then sent to the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. The Advisory Council, comprised of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, selected the winning grant applications from this pool of finalists.
“A record number of America’s farmers stepped up this year to improve math and science education in farming communities across the country,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. “By nominating their local school districts to compete for this grant opportunity, these farmers demonstrated their dedication to growing the next generation. The Monsanto Fund is committed to strengthening rural America and this program is an exciting way to honor that commitment.”
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education launched nationally in 2012 and has grown to include 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states. Since its inception, the program has invested more than $4.8 million in rural school districts across the country.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education helps farmers support math and science education in local rural school districts. Currently in its second year, this program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural education and communities.
To learn more, please visit http://americasfarmers.com or www.monsantofund.org.

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