Missouri School District Receives $10,000 Grant to Update Lab Equipment and Technology

Students in the Fayette R-III School District in Fayette, Mo., can look forward to a more engaging and robust science curriculum. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, Fayette R-III received a $10,000 grant to update its lab equipment and improve technology access in upper-level science classes.

The grant will be used to purchase approximately 15 new computers, as well as improved digital and compound microscopes. Additionally, funds will be allocated for professional development to assist teachers in assembling new inquiry-based units of instruction in 5th through 8th grade science 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 during the last program year.

“Grow Rural Education is a fabulous program,” said Jill Wiseman, curriculum director at Fayette R-III. “It is wonderful that farmers have the opportunity to help out schools in this way, and we are so grateful for the community support that helped us earn this grant. We look forward to making these improvements in our school district and continuing to make it a better place for students to learn.”

Fayette R-III was presented with the $10,000 grant at a celebration last October during halftime of the homecoming football game.

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.