New STEM kits headed to Vale School District thanks to grant

Vale School District officials, from left, Superintendent Alisha McBride and Science Team Lead Tom Huston, along with Vale High School Chief Science Officer Amber Tolman, accept a check from Michael Bell, Bayer representative.

VALE — The Vale School District has been awarded a $10,000 grant which it will use to purchase prepaid classroom STEM kits. The science, technology, engineering and math tools will be utilized by elementary students and will be aligned to state standards, according to a news release from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program.

The program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, partnered with local farmers to nominate schools and award more than $2.3 million in grants to improve STEM programs.

Nominated by local farmers, Vale is one of the many schools receiving a grant.

“America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is a unique program because farmers play an important role throughout the process, from nominating schools to selecting the grant winners,” said Bayer Fund President Al Mitchell in a statement. “With the incredible support of local farmers, countless grant-winning schools have shared with us how Grow Rural Education funds have made their STEM programs more engaging and, in several instances, positively impacted test scores.”

Nominated schools compete for $10,000 or $25,000 grants, submitting applications, explaining their STEM project. A panel of farmer leaders choose winning districts from the finalist applications.

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