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Greece Central School District receives $10,000 grant to support mathematics education
District named winner in America's Farmers Grow Rural Education℠
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2012) - The effective use of the TI-Navigator system helps students succeed in Algebra more than graphing calculators alone, according to a study done by the University of Texas. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education℠, Greece Central School District received a $10,000 grant to purchase Texas Instruments Nspire handheld calculators and the Nspire Navigator wireless system.
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.
"We will be using the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grant to help improve our science, technology, engineering, and math programs'" said Jeffrey Henley, Greece Central School District's interim executive director of instructional technology and strategic initiatives. "We will be purchasing several classroom sets of the new Texas Instruments Navigators that allow teachers to check student learning in real time from a central terminal. We will also be utilizing this grant to train our teachers on this new technology from the designers at Texas Instruments."
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.
"Greece Central School District is delighted to work with the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Program," said Henley. "This program is a wonderful way to help foster the seeds of knowledge in new and innovative fields like science, technology engineering and math. We greatly appreciate the farmers' interest in our school district."
Greece Central School District was presented with the $10,000 grant during the halftime show at the school's homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 6.
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 www.growcommunities.com.
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 www.monsantofund.org.
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