Hoxie School Puts Grant To Good Use

andy lambertMay 9, 2013

America's farmersHoxie Community School District hosts science fair

Projects created with $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural EducationSM

HOXIE, Kan. (May 7, 2013)- Elementary students in the Hoxie Community School District showcased science projects made possible by a $10,000 grant from Monsanto at a science fair on May 1, 2013. With a strong grant application and the support of 100 local farmers, the Hoxie Community School District was chosen as a $10,000 grant winner in last year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural EducationSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.  The science fair provided a platform for students to share their work with each other and the community.

“This grant provided a tremendous boost to our math and science programs,” said Scott Hoyt, Hoxie Community School District superintendent and elementary principal. “We were able to purchase iPads and a variety of materials for science experiments to incorporate technology into our curriculum. After a semester’s worth of work, the students were able to display their efforts at the science fair for the whole community to see.”

All of the elementary school children in the district, grades K-6, were able to participate in the experiments; a total of 200 students were involved. Work on the projects began in January 2013, and included topics such as soybeans, physical science, magnets, electricity, chemical reactions, plants, weather, minerals and motion. High school students in the district assisted the children with experiments and helped to track their progress with the newly purchased iPads. The photos, videos and project documentation added a new dimension to the fair and helped students to learn more about creative technology tools.

“Even when students are young, it is important to emphasize science and create an interest in careers in the science and technology fields,” Hoyt said. “The kids really enjoyed the projects, and the whole community was impressed with the caliber of projects that the children were able to produce. It has been a really positive experience.”

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education helps farmers positively impact their communities and supports local rural school districts. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural education and communities. Another program that is part of this effort is America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives winning farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite community nonprofit organization in their county. To learn more about the Grow Rural Education program visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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