Indiana Community School Corporation Receives $10,000 Grant for New Technology

Morgan Elementary School students in Ramsey, Ind., will soon be learning through hands-on, interactive technology. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, North Harrison Community School Corporation received a $10,000 grant to purchase iPads for use in math and science classrooms in the elementary school. The new iPads will allow teachers access to math and science apps, bonus teaching materials and interactive learning activities. Students will be able to utilize the iPads in their classes daily.

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 during the last program year.

“The incorporation of interactive technology into the classroom increases students’ willingness to learn, therefore increasing the amount of knowledge gained and retained,” said Lance Richards, North Harrison Community Schools assistant superintendent. “We are very excited about this opportunity, and we sincerely appreciate everyone who helped make this happen for our students.”

North Harrison Community School Corporation was presented with the $10,000 grant at an awards ceremony last October.

Nominated school districts across the country submitted grant applications last 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.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education launched nationally in 2012 and has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. Since its inception, the program has invested nearly $5 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 third year, this program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural education and communities. The 2014 nomination period is Jan. 6 to April 6, 2014. Applications are due April 21, 2014. To learn more about the program, please visit GrowRuralEducation.com.