In the U.S., every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school.
Sixty-eight percent of 8th graders can’t read at grade level.
American students ranked 25th in math and 21st in science, compared to 30 industrialized nations.
Rural communities face these challenges as much as the nation’s cities, but with even fewer resources than the urban areas. And more than 150,000 farm families call rural America home. That’s why America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is giving farmers across the U.S. the opportunity to help support 14 million students in rural America.
In 2011,the Monsanto Fund piloted this program in Illinois and Minnesota. Eleven thousand farmers nominated their area schools, and 16 school districts were awarded more than $266,000.
“The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program is a way to help school districts with some of their unmet needs,” Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president said. “We are proud to support our educational system and help grow the next generation.”
Through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, the Monsanto Fund is going to invest $2.3 million in rural public school districts for projects focused on science and/or math. Education is the cornerstone of any successful community, and nothing is more important than helping to educate the next generation.
This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2010-2011 Fund Report. To see the full report, please visit MonsantoFund.org.