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local farmers answer the call. bayer fund awards $15,000 grant to North Lawn Elementary TO ENHANCE STEAM CURRICULUM

By Working with Farmers, Bayer Fund Invests in Children by Strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Education in Rural Schools

  • Bayer Fund’s $15,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant will help fund North Lawn Elementary to create an outdoor classroom space.
  • School districts from across the country were nominated and selected by a panel of teachers and farmers to receive STEAM grants through Grow Rural Education.
  • Since 2010, Bayer Fund’s America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $57 million to thousands of nonprofits, schools and ag students across rural America.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (September 2020) – In early 2020, Bayer Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education partnered with local farmers to nominate rural public school districts and award grants to enhance their science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) curriculum. Because area farmers answered the call, through Grow Rural Education, Bayer Fund awarded a $15,000 grant to North Lawn Elementary located in Neodesha, KS.

A brighter tomorrow for farming communities starts with a commitment from Bayer Fund today, which is why the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $57 million to rural America since 2010. North Lawn Elementary is one of the many schools across the country that has benefited from Bayer Fund’s Grow Rural Education program.

Grow Rural Education grants have helped schools purchase an array of STEAM-related materials, such as augmented-reality sandboxes, weather-forecasting and robotics equipment. North Lawn Elementary will use the Grow Rural Education funds to create an outdoor classroom. This grant was written by the North Lawn STEAM committee with assistance from REcrete Design Concrete & Construction, Rodney Schlegel; owner. Members of the North Lawn STEAM committee were Mrs. Bridget Hallett, Mrs. Christina McCleary, Mrs. Heather Newkirk, Mrs. Hannah Owen, Mrs. Karen Orr, and Mrs. Lisa West.

 “As educators, we are constantly thinking of new ways to engage our students and help them realize the importance of STEAM skills now and in the future,” said Mrs. Hannah Wright, North Lawn Principal.  “We would like to thank the local farmers, specifically Jackie Chandler with Springer Farms Inc., who nominated our district to apply for the Grow Rural Education Grant, as well as Bayer Fund’s Farmer Advisory Council who believed we could make a difference with the funds.”

To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, farmers nominate a public school district to compete for a merit-based $15,000 grant. School districts that are nominated, then submit a grant application describing their STEAM-focused project. Grow Rural Education’s Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of a panel of math and science teachers and approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the country, review the finalist applications and select the winning school districts, including North Lawn Elementary.

“Bayer Fund and the farmers we partner with feel incredibly passionate about Grow Rural Education because we’re investing in our children – who are our future – by enhancing STEAM learning in rural public school districts,” said Al Mitchell, President, Bayer Fund. “We are always amazed by the incredible support of local farmers, as well as the countless ways Grow Rural Education brings teachers, students and people in the community together to set children up for success.”

To view a complete list of winners or to learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, visit AmericasFarmers.com or follow along on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers. Farmers are also encouraged to participate in Bayer Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which is accepting farmer enrollments through November 1, 2020. Grow Communities protects the programs and institutions that keep farmers and their communities thriving by allowing farmers to enroll for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite local eligible nonprofit organization.

About America’s Farmers

America’s Farmers, sponsored by Bayer Fund, is focused on strengthening rural America through three community outreach programs that partner with farmers to make an impact in communities where farmers live and work. The programs have given more than $57 million to rural America since 2010 and include:

  • America’s Farmers Grow Communities supports rural communities by allowing farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite local nonprofit organization.
  • America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education supports rural education by providing $15,000 merit-based grants to enhance STEAM education.
  • America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders supports students pursuing ag-related studies by offering $1,500 scholarships towards higher education. 

To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.americasfarmers.com.

About Bayer Fund

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

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