Wisconsin School District Receives $10,000 Grant to Build Greenhouse

Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, the Clintonville School District in Clintonville, Wis., is building a new greenhouse to help students learn and grow due to a $10,000 grant.

“The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant will give us the opportunity to offer courses and hands-on learning projects for our kids,” said Amy Bindas, director of teaching and learning at Clintonville School District.

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.

“To the farmers that made the nomination, we would like to thank you,” said Bindas. “We have many great students in our community who come from agriculture and farming families. With the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant, we will be able to expand the opportunities our students have to explore and learn about careers in the agricultural field.”

Clintonville School District was presented with the $10,000 grant before kickoff of the homecoming football game last November.

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.