The Southwestern Community School District has won a $25,000 grant, thanks to the help of some local farmers.  Twenty-eight farmers nominated the school district for the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.  High School Principal Mike Bearley tells The Big Z the money will go toward STEM-related programming.

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In particular, the district has purchased Vernier data collection devices and sensors, which are designed to allow students to collect and analyze meaningful data.  Teacher Marvin Allen tells The Big Z this will be a big benefit to all students, not just those focused on agriculture.

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The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program began in 2011. Since 2011, more than $11 million has been awarded to over 700 rural school districts to enhance STEM education.

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