TWIN FALLS – Employees from the Monsanto Filer Research Station & Wheat Technology Center recommended Rock Creek Elementary School 2nd grade teachers to receive a $9,900 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase science, technology, engineering, and math kits for second-grade classrooms.

Examples of kits the second-grade team plans to purchase include engineering, magnet kits, and, Lego WeDo 2.0 kits. The team will be able to purchase enough kits so that all students can participate with STEM activities at the same time.

“These kits will provide more hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities for the students. Rock Creek was a new school last year and this Monsanto grant will help us build each classroom’s resources to engage students in their learning” said Paula Perry, second-grade teacher at Rock Creek Elementary School. “We are excited that each second-grade classroom will have these fabulous resources for the students.”

“There’s no better way to learn about science and technology than with hands-on opportunities to see and experience scientific concepts, especially at a young age,” said Jim Gomm, Site Testing and Operations Lead at the Monsanto Filer Research Station. “Our local team is very pleased to support Paula and her colleagues in their efforts to spark STEM curiosity and learning with this Monsanto Fund grant.”

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This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

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