Levelland ISD 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 graphing calculators for its middle school algebra students to enhance the math curriculum for student achievement and success through its Teaching TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) through Technology program.
The Texas Education Agency now emphasizes the need for middle school algebra students to have access to graphing calculators to prepare them for more advanced math classes at the high school level. Funding from the grant will allow the school to purchase graphing calculators for all middle school students enrolled in math classes.
“Our school district continues to seek partners in meeting our educational goals,” said Donna Pugh, director of instructional services at Levelland ISD. “The Monsanto Fund has graciously been our partner before, so we will continue to seek support to continue this relationship.” The school also received a $10,000 grant in 2012 and used to the funds to purchase calculators for its high school algebra students.
This past spring, local farmers nominated the district for a chance to apply for the grant. School administrators then designed a math or 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.”
Levelland ISD celebrated receiving the grant tonight prior to their home football game. Nominating farmers, school representatives and local Monsanto representative Larry Martin 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.