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.