DONGOLA, IL (KFVS) - One by one, students marched into the school gymnasium for an assembly on Monday afternoon.
While some students understand what the assembly was about, many didn't realize how this assembly will affect their future education.
Because of a grant, their education will be enhanced in areas of science, math and engineering.
During the assembly, Dongola School District received a $25,000 grant from America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
The district plans on using the money to install a WeatherBug system that will allow students to track changing weather patterns.
Students will also have duties split up for different classrooms. Elementary students will focus on collecting data, middle school students will analyze seasonal weather patterns and high school students will solve problems related to natural disasters using engineering skills.
All these students will use the data collected for classroom lessons and to interact with the community.
"This is an excellent opportunity for our students to get a hands on experience that will help enhance their education," said Dongola Superintendent Paige Maginel. "We are a rural, farming community and weather plays a big role in our lives here."
Area farmers nominated the school district and school representatives for this grant.
A check presentation was held outside the school where pictures were taken of all the students with the check.
Also outside, students were able to check out tractors that were brought in by farmers and students in the Drive Your Tractor to School event.