Brownstown Central named as grant finalist

Brownstown Central Community School Corp. recently was named a finalist in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program.

The program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides grants of $10,000 and $25,000.

Earlier this year, farmers nominated their local public school districts to apply for the grants. Once nominated, school districts were eligible to complete applications requesting funding for a specific math or science project that will enhance curriculum in their district, according to a news release from the Monsanto Fund.

A panel of math and science educators evaluated the applications and selected the strongest submissions as finalists. Finalist applications will be reviewed by the program’s advisory council, and that council of farmers from across the U.S. will select this year’s winners. The winners will be announced in early August.

Last year, Grow Rural Education awarded $115,000 in public school districts across Indiana. Since 2012, Indiana school districts have received $405,000 through the program. Jennings County Schools won a $10,000 grant in 2012.

Projects funded over the last four years have helped school districts upgrade technology and scientific lab equipment, build greenhouses and outdoor classroom learning environments, update teacher and curriculum development and other math- and science-related initiatives.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is part of the America’s Farmers initiative.