Monsanto award given to Cambridge Schools

Monsanto representative Travis Frey was on hand to present the Cambridge School board with their donation check for $10,000. Shown above from the left are Frey, Cambridge agriculture teacher and Severson Learning Center director Emily Klingbeil, board president Joe Pleshek and board vice president Tracy Smithback-Travis.

At the School District of Cambridge’s Severson Learn-ing Center, students have the opportunity to engage in unique learning experiences across all subject areas. Employees from the Monsanto research site in Middleton selected the school district to receive a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2015 site grant initiative to support educational opportunities for students.

Funds from the grant will be used to support ongoing projects at the Severson Learning Center, including construction of permanent classroom buildings, bathrooms and learning stations throughout the 80-acre property.

“Grants like this help us increase our capacity to provide unique outdoor opportunities that our students normally wouldn’t have,” said Emily Klingbeil, agricultural instructor and learning center director. “We hope to provide high quality learning by getting kids outside and giving them hands-on experiences.”

This is the first year employees from the Middleton site have partnered with the School District of Cambridge, but employees at the site live and work in the communities the district serves and see the impact it has firsthand.

“Our hope is that this project will open students’ eyes to what agriculture is today,” said Travis Frey, site lead. “They will see how farming and gardening integrate sciences together to produce food, combine science and math to understand the business practices behind farming and learn that agriculture offers careers in a number of fields.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.2 million to nonprofit organizations through the site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Schools across the country have received $11.6 million from the fund since 2010.

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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