Monsanto Presentation

Monsanto Presentation

Pictured left to right, Tally McColl, Nick McColl, , Cullen Bryant, Dr. Ray Rogers, Superintendent

State test scores in Dillon School District Four are expected to rise across all high school grade levels. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠, Dillon School District Four received a $25,000 grant to purchase interactive Promethean white boards and corresponding student response systems for the district’s high school math and science classrooms.

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.

“This Grow Rural Education grant will allow us to target math and science classrooms in the district with interactive technology to meet our objectives for Biology I and Algebra courses,” said D. Ray Rogers, Dillon School District Four superintendent. “We are excited to begin putting our project into action.”

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.

“The support from the farmers in our community is fabulous,” said Paula Yohe, director of technology and info systems at Dillon School District Four. “We can’t thank them enough for giving us the opportunity to put this technology into the hands of our students.”

Dillon School District Four was presented with the $25,000 grant during a presentation at Dillon School District Four on Monday, Nov. 19.

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. Farmers can participate in this program through Nov. 30, 2012 by visiting


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

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