Ohio School District Receives $25,000 Grant to Implement Math Mania

An Ohio school district is introducing Math Mania, a program that incorporates technology into the math curriculum to improve student achievement. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, Wayne Trace Local School District received a $25,000 grant to purchase tablets for seventh and eighth grade math classes, allowing the district to implement the Math Mania program.

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.

“Wayne Trace School District is very grateful to the Monsanto Fund for this opportunity to prepare students for their future and increase their use of technology in their daily lives,” said Chris Feichter, director of instruction at Wayne Trace Local Schools. “This program will have a long-term effect on the implementation of technology in the classroom.”

A check presentation ceremony took place during a high school pep rally last October to celebrate the district’s success.

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.