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Elsberry Middle School presented with $10,000 grant

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:26 am

Scott Shannon of Bowling Green, and Brandy Cullen of O’Fallon, representing America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program presenting Kim Jones, Elsberry Schools Teacher and middle school students, Makenna Mills, Emily Johnson, Lillie Jones and Kassidy Flynn with the $10,000 grant.

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant sponsored by Monsanto and rural farmers was presented at the first middle school basketball game of the season.

The $10,000 grant will be used to update the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade keyboarding and computer courses to make them relevant to today’s skill, specifically focusing on programming, and coding. Additionally, the school has expanded its Robotics program to include more advanced coding work. A new elective class, called Medical Detectives, taught by Jones, was added for students to take. This course allows students to explore medical concepts and medial career options.

Since 2011, this Monsanto Fund program has given over $16 million to rural school districts to enhance math and science education. Specific thanks and recognition goes to some of the local farmers who nominated Elsberry Schools for this opportunity. Appreciation also goes to any local farmers who have nominated Elsberry in the past, or who have supported America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.

Middle School principal Jason Miller’s response to receiving this grant two times in the last three years was, “I am very honored to receive the grant again and look forward to the advancement in technology and science our students will receive from this financial contribution to our school.”