The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

July 4, 2014

2 local schools in running for grants

ST. LOUIS —The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants. From January through March, farmers across the country nominated their local public school districts for the grants. Once nominated, these districts were eligible to submit completed grant applications in April.

Madison-Grant United School Corp. and South Madison Community School Corp. are in the running for grants of up to $25,000, which will be announced in early August.

Over the past month, a panel of educators from ineligible counties reviewed all of the grant applications. The strongest submissions were selected as finalists and will be sent to the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council for final review. Composed of farmer-leaders from across the U.S. with a vested interest in both agriculture and education, the Advisory Council will select the winning school districts.

Last year, Grow Rural Education invested $160,000 in public school districts across Indiana to improve math and science curriculum. Since 2012, Indiana school districts have received $290,000 through the program.

Grow Rural Education grants have allowed rural schools to invest in the enhancement of student learning in math and science.

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