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  • Blue Grass Elementary School
    Principal: Sara Gott
    226 W. Sycamore St.
    Blue Grass, Iowa 52726
    Phone: 563.723.6200
    Fax: 563.445.5964
  • Blue Grass School AWARDED $10,000 grant TO ENHANCE STEM CURRICULUM WITH THE SUPPORT OF local farmers

    Blue Grass School AWARDED $10,000 grant TO ENHANCE STEM CURRICULUM WITH THE SUPPORT OF local farmers

    By Working with Farmers, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, Sponsored by the Bayer Fund, Awarded $2.3 Million in Grants to Strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education in Rural Schools

    • America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education $10,000 grant will allow Travis Benner and Blue Grass School to monitor water on our campus and give more opportunities for students to complete planting that will help our school and community.
    • Schools from across the country were nominated and selected by farmers to receive STEM grants through Grow Rural Education.
    • Grow Rural Education has more than $18 million in grants to over 1,000 rural public school districts since 2011.

    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 enhance their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Because area farmers like the Ewoldt’s and the Mohr’s answered the call, Grow Rural Education has awarded Travis Benner and Blue Grass School with a $10,000 grant.

    Blue Grass is one of the many schools across the country that has benefited from the Grow Rural Education program. For each grant-winning school, teachers, students and, oftentimes, community members develop plans to create more engaging and innovative STEM programs. Grow Rural Education grants have helped schools purchase an array of STEM-related materials and Blue Grass will use the Grow Rural Education funds to monitor the water quality on our school campus and give opportunities to have students plant seeds and grow plants.

    “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. Schools that were nominated then submitted a grant application describing their STEM-focused project. Grow Rural Education’s Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the country, reviewed the finalist applications and selected Travis Benner and Blue Grass School as a recipient of the grant.

    Since Grow Rural Education began in 2011, it has awarded more than $18 million to more than 1,000 schools in rural communities across the United States. To view a complete list of winners or to learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, visit AmericasFarmers.com or follow along on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.

     About America’s Farmers

    The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern U.S. Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.

    About the Bayer Fund

    The Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the overall health and wellbeing in communities where farmers and Bayer employees live and work. Visit the Bayer Fund at www.monsantofund.org.