COLUMBUS, Neb. (Nov. 4, 2014) – Lakeview Community Schools 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 purchase new Vernier lab technology, including digital data collection sensors to help students at Lakeview Jr. /Sr. High School understand the importance of data in decision making.
Using the new Vernier technology, students will be able to analyze and communicate the results of science experiments with one another and with the community. Students will also be able to collect data for dynamic and fast-moving experiments, like measuring the velocity of a falling ball.
“We have been working hard at Lakeview to increase our students’ access to technology, so the addition of computer linked sensors fits very well with that goal,” said Superintendent Steve Borer. “Our science program has a strong tradition of excellence and we look forward to sustaining that strength into the future. Many jobs are relying more and more on technology and we want to be able to expose our students to that reality.”
This past spring, local farmers nominated the district for a chance to apply for the grant. School administrators then designed a science-based project for the grant application. Once all of the school district applications were submitted, a panel of math and science teachers reviewed each application and selected finalists. An advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, then selected the winning grant applications from a pool of finalists.
“Agriculture has become one of the most technologically advanced industries, so farmers are very aware of the need for superior math and science education, particularly in their own communities,” said Monsanto Customer Advocacy Lead Linda Arnold. “We are proud to partner with farmers to support the things that are most important to them—schools, youth, and their community.”
Lakeview Community Schools celebrated receiving the grant on Friday, October 24, during half time of the varsity football game. Nominating farmers, school representatives and local Monsanto representative Keith Kaslon attended the event.
Grow Rural Education encourages farmers to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000. Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has invested more than $7 million to support math and science education in rural school districts across the country.
This program is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which partners with farmers to support education, service organizations and youth in rural America. Visit GrowRuralEducation.com to see the full list of winners for this year. A sister program, America’s Farmers Grow Communities is currently in its enrollment period. To sign up, visit GrowCommunities.com.