CALIPATRIA â€” Thanks to local farmers, Fremont Primary has been awarded the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant for $10,000 from the Monsanto Fund to help students learn more about their surrounding community and the environment.
Fremont first through fourth grade students will be learning about the weather and its effects on the surrounding areas in theÂ “Eye on the Sky” project to be taught byÂ Tina Stiegemeyer, a special ed teacher at Fremont. Â Students will be applying STEM type learning methods during the project to learn how to read and predict the weather patterns, how to read and interpret data from weather maps, and how to monitor weather. They will also be giving weekly forecasts over the school’s intercom system.
“It’s our hope that this will help with the school’s math and science program,” said Bo Shropshire, a representative of Monsanto Company who is employed by Helena Chemical in the Imperial Valley.
Principal Sue Casey stated that Fremont plans to use the money to buy ten iPads to help with this hands-on project.
â€œIt will give the kids a more hands-on and STEM opportunities that they can use these skills when they get into the real work force,â€ said Casey.
This is the second time Fremont has applied for the grant according to Casey.
Monsanto Company is a agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Missouri.
Monsanto started the educational fund in 2011 and since then it has grown to include more schools around the Imperial Valley. In 2015, the program funded $2.3 million to give to 164 rural school districts.