Monroe City R-I School District receives $10,000 grant to expand STEM curriculum

For The Courier-Post
Posted: Oct. 3, 2019 4:31 pm

MONROE CITY, Mo. — Monroe City R-1 School District will now offer a Food Science Technology curriculum thanks to a $10,000 grant from America's Grow Rural Education Program.

In early 2019, America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, partnered with local farmers to nominate rural schools and awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to schools to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in schools. Because area farmers answered the call, Grow Rural Education awarded a $10,000 grant to Monroe City R-1 School District.

Monroe City R-1 is one of several schools across the country that will benefit from the Grow Rural Education program. Grow Rural Education grants have helped schools purchase an array of STEM-related materials, such as augmented-reality sandboxes, weather-forecasting and robotics equipment. Monroe City R-1 will use the Grow Rural Education funds to install a Food Science Lab in order to offer a Food Science Technology curriculum.

“America's Farmers Grow Rural Education is a unique program because farmers play an important role throughout the process, from nominating schools to selecting the grant winners,” said Al Mitchell, President, Bayer Fund. “With the incredible support of local farmers, countless grant-winning schools have shared with us how Grow Rural Education funds have made their STEM programs more engaging and, in several instances, positively impacted test scores.”

To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, farmers nominated a school or school district to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. School districts that were nominated then submitted a grant application describing their STEM-focused project. Grow Rural Education's Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of roughly 30 farmer leaders from across the country, reviewed the finalist applications and selected the winning school districts, including Monroe City R-1.

The grant presentation for the Monroe City R-I School District will be at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, just before the start of the Monroe City Panthers homecoming game against South Shelby.

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