Franklin County Schools Get Grant Money

From left to right: Dr. Rebecca Sharber, Director of Franklin County Schools, Diane Gipson, Science Teacher, Brandi Danley, Science Teacher, Staci Sons, Science Teacher, Stanley Bean, Principal, North Middle School, Randy Morgan, Local Monsanto representative

Students in the Franklin County School District will now be able to take a hands-on approach to scientific studies. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, Franklin County School District received a $10,000 grant to fund a pilot program with research-based Full Option Science System kits, which will foster a deeper understanding of scientific topics through inquiry-based laboratory experiences. America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. More than 1,000 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million into rural education through this program. Franklin County School District was presented with the $10,000 grant during a presentation at North Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 13.