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KIPP Delta Meets Individual Math Needs

KIPP Delta College Preparatory meets individual math needs

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants support math and science education

HELENA, Ark. (November 21, 2014) – KIPP Delta Public Schools has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to purchase Chromebooks and the Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math program for fifth through eighth grade students at KIPP Delta College Preparatory.

Students struggling in math courses often benefit from blended learning, so the district decided to purchase Chromebooks, allowing students to receive both traditional teacher instruction and then differentiated instruction through the technology. The ST Math program on the laptops lets students not engaged in direct teacher instruction to work with math content in an individualized manner. ST Math is game-based instructional software that uses interactive animations to represent math concepts.

“This program will assist in closing the educational gaps, because our students will have additional opportunities to practice with math content outside of typical classroom instruction,” said Ev Kent, development coordinator. “Whether students want to go to college or straight to the workplace, they need to learn these skills. Mathematics and science provide additional avenues for our students to think critically and draw their own conclusions about the world around them.”

This past spring, local farmers nominated the district for a chance to apply for the grant. School administrators then designed a math-based project for the grant application. Once all of the school district applications were submitted, a panel of math and science teachers reviewed each application and selected finalists.  An advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, then selected the winning grant applications from a pool of finalists.

“Agriculture has become one of the most technologically advanced industries, so farmers are very aware of the need for superior math and science education, particularly in their own communities,” said Monsanto Customer Advocacy Lead Linda Arnold. “We are proud to partner with farmers to support the things that are most important to them—schools, youth, and their community.”

KIPP Delta Public Schools celebrated receiving the grant on November 21, during a basketball game. Nominating farmers, school representatives and local Monsanto representative Jammy Turner attended the event.

Grow Rural Education encourages farmers to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000. Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has invested more than $7 million to support math and science education in rural school districts across the country.

This program is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which partners with farmers to support education, service organizations and youth in rural America. Visit GrowRuralEducation.com to see the full list of winners for this year. A sister program, America’s Farmers Grow Communities is currently in its enrollment period. To sign up, visit GrowCommunities.com.

 

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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If you are a journalist or a member of the media and have an inquiry, please contact:

Carissa Godwin
Chief Development Officer
870-714-9635
carissa.godwin@kippdelta.org