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Kimball school gets $25,000 grant

KIMBALL — The Kimball School District has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

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The grant will help enhance the district’s science programs, Kimball Superintendent Sheri Hardman said Friday. It was applied for by Hardman and high school science teacher Tacey Nielsen.

“We have gone through a phase here in Kimball where we’ve gone through a few science teachers in a few years,” Hardman said. “She’s been here three years now, and she’s done so much for the program in such a short amount of time. It’s great to see her bring that love of science back to the kids, and we haven’t had that in a long time.”

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kimball, the district, local farmers and Monsanto representatives will participate in a check presentation.

The presentation will occur between junior varsity and varsity volleyball matches that night. The JV match is scheduled to start at about 6:30 p.m.

Hardman said the district applied for the same grant last year but did not make the finals. This year, the district found out it was a finalist in August and learned it received the grant later that month.

Kimball is one of 22 school districts across the nation that is receiving a grant from the program.

More than 1,150 school districts submitted applications, according to an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education news release. The grant is a part of a Monsanto Fund effort to support rural education and communities.

Hardman said the money will go toward integrating technology and online resources into science curriculum, and specifically Nielsen’s classroom. The district plans to purchase iPads — touch-screen computers — and science equipment from Vernier, a common vendor for school science materials.