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Posted on Feb 5, 2015

QSD awarded $25,000 grant, thanks to local farmers

Through efforts initiated by a group of local farmers, Quincy High School recently was awarded $25,000 from an international agricultural and vegetable seed company.

“I wouldn’t have even known about this grant if the farmers hadn’t gotten involved,” said Nicole Monroe, director of Career and Technical Education at the high school.

Monsanto Company is a Fortune 500 Company with headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. The $25,000 gift comes from the company’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, which aims to prepare the next generation of innovative farmers.

The program makes awards to three public school districts in each state. Two school districts each receive $10,000 and a third receives $25,000. In Washington, the Royal School District in Royal City and the Columbia School District in Walla Walla each received $10,000 from Monsanto, which expects to award $2.3 million in 2015 through the program, according to its website.

A school district can be nominated only by local farmers, and then candidates receive an invitation from the program to apply for the money.

Among those nominating the QSD was Lynn Child and the Faw family of Winchester, who grow seed corn for Monsanto. Child has nominated the school district in the past; however, last year was the first year it was chosen as a finalist, he said.

“They deserve it,” Child said of the school district and its ag-education department.

The grant money will be used to purchase the high school’s Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education program, which is used in the classroom to provide a hands-on approach to science, agriculture and math, Monroe said.

Monroe thanked the Faws and Child for their contribution to the QHS ag program. The program is one of the best around, she said.

“My CTE staff here at Quincy is better than any staff around,” she said. “I have amazing teachers and amazing programs here.”

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