FULTON, OH – A local Ohio School District is building a new greenhouse for its agricultural science students. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, Fayette Local Schools received a $10,000 grant to add a greenhouse to their agricultural education lab. The teachers and students will utilize their new greenhouse in their science and FFA classes.
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.
“The opportunity that America’s Farmer Grow Rural Education grant provides to Fayette Local Schools allows us to deliver hands-on educational opportunities to our students,” said Erik Belcher, Fayette Local School Superintendent. “Students will also be engaged in service learning projects that will benefit the community, as well as enhance our curriculum. This grant will directly benefit our school and community for years to come.”
A check presentation ceremony took place on Thursday, October 3, to celebrate the district’s success. School administrators, students, and community members gathered at the home volleyball game to acknowledge their achievement. Also in attendance were local farmers who participated in the nomination process, and the area’s local Monsanto representatives.
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. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which offers winning farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in their county, is also part of this effort. Enrollment for 2014 Grow Communities is currently underway. Visit www.GrowCommunities.com to enter to win $2,500 for your county.
To date, these programs combined have contributed more than $15 million to rural communities. To learn more about either program, please visit http://americasfarmers.com