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Thompsonville school receives $10,000 grant for new science equipment

Pictured from left to right: John Robinson (Principal), Jennie Satterlee (high school science teacher), Chris Grant (superintendent) and Kevin Reagan (Monsanto representative). Pictured from left to right: John Robinson (Principal), Jennie Satterlee (high school science teacher), Chris Grant (superintendent) and Kevin Reagan (Monsanto representative).
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Thompsonville CUSD 174 has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. 

The school will purchase microscopes, anatomical models and preserved biological specimens to enhance the curriculum and increase student engagement.

The grant will also allow the district to add dual-credit zoology and biology courses for upper-level students through Rend Lake Community College this spring.

“It would not have been possible to purchase the required materials for the new courses without this grant,” said Jennie Satterlee, science teacher at the high school. “The new materials will spark students’ interest to further investigate science offerings within our school and beyond.”

Farmers who nominated the school district and representatives from the school and the Monsanto Fund attended a check presentation to celebrate the grant during a home volleyball game on Sept. 15.

This year the school district also received an educational starter kit from Monsanto Company to help establish a pollinator garden, which will give students first-hand knowledge of the critical role habitat plays in providing bees and butterflies with food, shelter and places to lay eggs.

Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has awarded more than $9 million to help keep rural public school districts growing.

The program works with farmers to nominate public school districts to compete for math and science grants of $10,000 or $25,000.

Grant applications are reviewed and finalists selected by a panel of teachers. Winning applications are chosen by an advisory council comprised of farmers from across the U.S.

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