Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools receives $10,000 grant for biotechnology improvement
District named winner in America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠
LYONS, Neb. (Oct. 16, 2012) – Students are more engaged and focused on their lessons when participating in hands-on projects, according to Scholastic, and oftentimes new technologies are needed to assist hands-on experiments. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠, Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools received a $10,000 grant to purchase genetics equipment.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. More than 1,000 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million into rural education through this program.
“With tighter budgets and ever-changing, expensive technology, the Grow Rural Education grant will provide opportunities for students to have an enhanced education,” said Kevin Anderson, agriculture education instructor. “Many of our classes will utilize both the autoclave and electrophoresis for specific research projects.”
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.
“The Lyons-Decatur Northeast agriculture department and FFA deserve this grant because both help young people in our community realize how important agriculture is,” said John Niewohner, nominating farmer. “Kevin Anderson does a great job of teaching town kids that don’t know much about agriculture and making them successful in the industry.”
Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools was presented with the $10,000 grant during a presentation at a volleyball game on Oct. 16.
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 a public school district in 165 eligible counties in those two states. The Monsanto Fund awarded more than $266,000 to local schools in 16 CRDs. Now, the program has expanded to 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education helps farmers positively impact their communities and supports 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 winning 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 www.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.