Monsanto grant to provide new learning opportunities for students

Starting as soon as next spring, USD 252 South Lyon County students will have special opportunities to learn a variety of lessons through a special grant from Monsanto.

A special check presentation at the Olpe Chicken House on Monday finalized the district's success in obtaining a $25,000 grant through the America's Farmers Grow Rural Communities program funded by Monsanto. The money will help buy two greenhouses for district students to use -- one at Olpe Junior-Senior High, the other for Hartford High and Neosho Rapids Junior High.

The grant program is designed to let farmers support math and science education in their local districts. Ag producers across the district offered their support, and Monsanto spokesman Wade Collins was impressed.

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Students will learn about science and agriculture through the growing process. The will also learn about economics and entrepreneurship with the produce either being sold or used in school kitchens.

The district school board is providing a dollar-for-dollar match "to make sure it's done right," Superintendent Mike Argabright says. Bids could be let this year, with construction next spring if the weather cooperates.

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USD 252 was the only Kansas district to receive a $25,000 grant this year. The program is distributing over $2.3 million nationwide.

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