One proven method for enhancing student engagement in math and science is to provide a variety of learning options. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, KIPP Delta Public Schools received a $10,000 grant to purchase Apex Learning licenses, allowing students to work from both school and home to increase proficiency and depth of knowledge in math and science.
“The program will enable students to access course work in a digital format, increasing the number of courses students are able to take,” said Todd Dixon, KIPP Delta Collegiate High School principal. “We will also use the digital curriculum to differentiate instruction for students with special needs and students enrolled in multiple Advanced Placement courses.”
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. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grants this year.
“The America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program is a phenomenal opportunity to empower students in schools in our most remote sections of the country. It helps us provide the cross-disciplinary, technology-rich learning opportunities our children will need for life and work in the 21st century,” said Dixon.
The grant presentation took place Friday, Oct. 25 before the start of the boys basketball game at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School, where Monsanto representative, Caleb Albers, was there to present the school district with the grant. Nominating farmers, community members and faculty were also present at the ceremony.
Nominated school districts across the country submitted grant applications in the 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.
“A record number of America's farmers stepped up this year to improve math and science education in farming communities across the country,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. “By nominating their local school districts to compete for this grant opportunity, these farmers demonstrated their dedication to growing the next generation. The Monsanto Fund is committed to strengthening rural America and this program is an exciting way to honor that commitment.”
America's Farmers Grow Rural Education launched nationally in 2012 and has grown to include 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states. Since its inception, the program has invested more than $4.8 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 second year, this program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural education and communities. America's Farmers Grow Communities, which offers winning farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in their county, is also part of this effort. Enrollment for 2014 Grow Communities is currently underway. Visit www.GrowCommunities.com to enter to win $2,500 for your county.
Page 2 of 2 - To date, these programs combined have contributed more than $15 million to rural communities. To learn more about either program, please visit http://americasfarmers.com/.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.