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Bucklin School District receives $10,000 grant to support science aptitude in young students


PROMOTING SCIENCE—The Bucklin School District received a $10,000 grant from the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education fund, sponsored by Monsanto. The check was presented to Kelly Arberger, Bucklin superintendent (left), and Karen Blasi, Bucklin elementary school principal (right), during a school assembly. It was presented by Travis Fenderson, chemistry account manager for Monsanto (center left to right); Jeff Schaef, territory agronomist with DeKalb/Asgrow and Kraig Lindsay with East Kansas Chemical. Blasi said the funds will be used to purchase science kits for the elementary classes. (Journal photo by Holly Martin.)

Students in the Bucklin School District will now be able to grow and stretch academically with hands-on science projects. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, Bucklin School District received a $10,000 grant to provide science kits for students in grades K-6.

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. More than 1,000 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million into rural education through this program.

"The science kits will provide a higher level of science and math integration for the students," said Karen Blasi, elementary school principal at Bucklin School District. "The cutting-edge technology will enrich the present curriculum to provide additional academic growth, exploration and creative experiences."

After being nominated by local farmers, school districts completed an online application, and finalists were chosen by math and science teachers from ineligible school districts. The America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 prominent farmers from across the country, then reviewed the finalists' applications and selected the winners.

"America's Farmers Grow Rural Education is a wonderful program," Blasi said. "It is the only way we would have the funds to purchase hands-on projects like this, and be able to get refill kits so that the projects can continue for years to come."

Bucklin School District was presented with the $10,000 grant during a presentation at Bucklin High School on Nov. 20.

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education started with a successful pilot in Illinois and Minnesota in 2011, in which farmers were given the opportunity to nominate a public school district in 165 eligible counties in those two states. The Monsanto Fund awarded more than $266,000 to local schools in 16 CRDs. Now, the program has expanded to 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states.

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education helps farmers positively impact their communities and supports local rural school districts. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural education and communities. Another program that is part of this effort is America's Farmers Grow Communities, which gives winning farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite community nonprofit organization in their county. For more information, visit www.growcommunities.com.

Date: 12/03/2012

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