Students in Alabama will soon be able to put their agriculture knowledge to work with new supplies, school buildings and greenhouses thanks in part to a $50,000 donation from Monsanto Company.
Last year Monsanto pledged to aid cleanup and rebuilding efforts in agricultural communities as part of the Alabama Forestry Foundation following the devastating tornadoes that swept through the state in April of 2011. The $50,000 grant will go to four schools that were victims of the tornadoes.
The Alabama schools provided with $12,500 grants each were: Bibb County Career Academy in West Blocton, Plainview High School in Rainsville, Hackleburg High School in Hackleburg, and Phil Campbell High School in Phil Campbell. Each of these schools experienced serious damage to their buildings and school supplies.
With the grant, the schools will rebuild school buildings and greenhouses they lost when tornadoes touched down. The donations will also help fund the purchase of new supplies and equipment to aid in the students’ agriculture studies.
“Agriculture is what we do in this community,” said Cindy Davis, Phil Campbell High School principal. “We are so pleased at this tremendous help. This is a way to ensure that we can build back our greenhouse, which was completely destroyed in the tornadoes. We are grateful and overwhelmed and so thankful to Monsanto.”
Terry Little, Monsanto crop protection account manager for Alabama, was proud to be a part of the grants, along with Dion McBay, Monsanto regional business director for Alabama. Little and McBay presented the checks to the schools during a two-day check presentation ceremony tour and visits with students and teachers.
“I proudly call Alabama my home state, and I saw firsthand the devastation these tornadoes caused,” said McBay. “I am proud to play a role in getting these donations to area schools so students can lead the way as the next generation in American agriculture.”
“I’m so proud to be a part of these donations to local schools, and I take great joy in working for Monsanto, said Little. “The company is committed to supporting rural ag communities where our employees, farmers and their families live and work, and that’s important to me.”
Alabama’s agriculture communities were significantly impacted by the deadliest tornadoes to hit the United States since 1925. Farmers suffered loss of crops and livestock, schools lost the structures required to facilitate learning, and many citizens lost their homes. The contribution from Monsanto provides one step towards rebuilding and recovery.