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Wolford School District Awarded $10,000 Grant

By Staff | Sep 18, 2015

Caption Pictured receiving the check are:  Back row pictured from left to right: Lona Slaubaugh, Melissa Slaubaugh, Jeff Slaubaugh, Jason Marchus, Bill Langer, Ben Schroeder, Joel Braaten, Brenda Mitzel, Wanita Olson and Alan Olson.  Front row pictured from left to right: Michael Johnson, Kenzie Halvorson, Madison Marchus, Hannah Walsh, Tim Yoder and Larry Zavada

Wolford School District has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to introduce Biotechnology Explorer kits that will help upgrade the lab equipment available to students in life sciences, biology, forensics and advanced biology classes in grades seven through 12.

New science kits purchased with the grant will allow teachers to develop curriculum that integrates knowledge of DNA through DNA extraction, protein analysis and bacterial transformation. This new equipment will allow students to profile and analyze samples of DNA with technology currently used in the industry.

“Many schools cannot afford state of the art equipment like this, let alone a rural district like ours,” said Larry Zavada, superintendent. “This grant will elevate our curriculum and open up a world of post-secondary career options to our students. We are grateful to the Monsanto Fund and our area farmers for this tremendous support.”

Farmers who nominated the school district and representatives from the school and the Monsanto Fund attended a check presentation to celebrate the grant during a community-wide picnic on the first day of school Aug. 24. This year the school district also received an educational starter kit from Monsanto Company to help establish a pollinator garden, which will give students first-hand knowledge of the critical role habitat plays in providing bees and butterflies with food, shelter and places to lay eggs.

Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has awarded more than $9 million to help keep rural public school districts growing. The program works with farmers to nominate public school districts to compete for math and science grants of $10,000 or $25,000. Grant applications are reviewed and finalists selected by a panel of teachers. Winning applications are chosen by an advisory council comprised of farmers from across the U.S.

Visit growruraleducation.com to see the full list of winners for this year. A sister program, America’s Farmers Grow Communities, is currently enrolling farmers for 2016. To sign up, visit growcommunities.com before Nov. 30.

These programs are part of the America’s Farmers initiative. The America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Farmers and others in the industry are joining in on the conversation to help raise awareness about agriculture and share their stories with their communities. Learn more at cfiengage.org.

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