One Kansas school district has won a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program and ten others wilI get $10,000 each.
The 11 Kansas districts were among 181 school districts nationwide chosen to receive grants to help support math and science classrooms. A total of $2.3 million was distributed to schools across the country.
The $25,000 winner was the Southern Lyon County school district, Hartford. The $10,000 winners were the Smoky Valley school district, Lindsborg; the Scott County school district, Scott City; Rawlins County school district, Atwood; Washington County school district, Washington; the North Jackson County school district, Holton; Girard USD 248 school district, Girard; Grinnell public schools, Grinnell; Montezuma school district, Montezuma; Blue Valley school district, Randolph and St. John-Hudson school district, St. John.
About America's Farmers Grow Rural Education
The program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gave farmers in 1,271 eligible counties the opportunity to nominate school districts for a grant to enhance math and science education. More than 73,000 farmers submitted nominations to show community support for their area school districts.
Nominated school districts then completed grant applications in the spring. During the summer, a panel of educators reviewed and evaluated them based on merit, need and community involvement. The strongest submissions were sent to the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. Twenty Kansas districts made it to the finals.
The Advisory Council, comprised of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture, education and community, selected the winning grant applications from this pool of finalists.
"In the program's second year, a record number of farmers actively showed community support for their local rural school districts," said Deborah Patterson, the Monsanto Fund president. "Farmers recognize the importance of education and how math and science skills are used on a daily basis."
As part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers to strengthen rural communities, Grow Rural Education's goal is to give farmers the opportunity to be community advocates and improve the educational experience of the next generation.
A complete list of winning school districts, official rules and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education information is available at the website. A list of eligible states, counties and CRDs can also be found on the site.