Two Kansas school districts have won grants of $25,000 and five more are getting $10,000 each to support math and science education as part of the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
The Monsanto program partners with farmers to help keep rural schools growing by supporting math and science education.
Winning districts have implemented many innovative programs for use of the grant funds, including upgraded technology for hands-on learning, greenhouses and outdoor classroom instruction, laboratory advancements and curriculum development.
Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has awarded more than $9 million to support math and science education in rural school districts across the country.
“Funding for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education can be challenging for rural school districts,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund Program Officer. “Grow Rural Education is helping enhance opportunities for rural students by supporting critical math and science initiatives required for successful careers in agriculture and other industries.”
Kansas winning districts are Eudora in Douglas County, $25,000 for a STEM project titled "Explore, Create, Learn"; and Pratt USD 382. $25,000, for the Greenback Spark Lab "Building a Better Future Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,"
The remaining awards in Kansas were $10,000 each. They went to Valley Falls USD 338,Marysville Schools, Waconda USD 272, Blue Valley, and Kismet/Plains.
This year school districts also received an educational starter kit from Monsanto Company to help establish a pollinator garden, which will give students first-hand knowledge of the critical role habitat plays in providing bees and butterflies with food, shelter and places to lay eggs.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education works with farmers to nominate public school districts to compete for math and science grants of $10,000 or $25,000. Grant applications are reviewed and finalists selected by a panel of teachers. Winning applications are selected by an advisory council comprised of farmers from across the U.S. Visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com to see the full list of winners for this year. A sister program, America’s Farmers Grow Communities is currently in its enrollment period. To sign up, visit www.GrowCommunities.com before Nov. 30.