GVISD weather grant

Michael Hazzard, second from right, with America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education presents a $10,000 grant to Grandview ISD on Friday for the district to build a weather system. 



Students at Grandview ISD will soon learn more about weather with the help of a farm organization.

Officials with the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program presented a $10,000 grant to the district on Friday during a pep rally at Grandview High School. The money will be for the district to implement the weather system, Earth Networks. 

The AFGRE program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public school district for grants to help enhance STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math, according to its website. 

Since 1964, the Monsanto Fund has partnered with more than 6,000 schools and 12,000 organizations in 47 countries across six continents to be an innovative philanthropic leader to provide sustainable assistance to communities in need.

“America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is a special program because farmers play a key role in nominating local schools and selecting the grant winners,” Monsanto Fund President Al Mitchell said. “Each year, countless school winners tell us that the Grow Rural Education grants make a positive impact in their classrooms. For some, the results are evident in student test scores, and many educators say their students are more excited about STEM courses.”

Lisa Safarian, Bayer Crop Science North America commercial operations head, said they are proud to support programs like AFGRE who have made impacts in rural communities around the United States. 

“These grants help drive awareness of career opportunities in agriculture and enhance STEM education for the students who are the next generation of our industry,” Safarian said. 

Earth Networks operates the largest global hyper-local weather network and provides companies with weather intelligence data to help automate decision making, according to its website.

Built to withstand and measure all kinds of threats, the system records information about the environment. It’s fully automated with components that interface seamlessly with the companies tools and applications, according to its website.    

GVISD Assistant Superintendent Kristi Rhone said a fifth grade class at Grandview Elementary School has been wanting to use the Earth Networks programs for several years.  

“Earth Network will provide a weather station here in Grandview that we can use for science curriculum support at all levels, as well as severe storm weather alerts for our town and school,” Rhone said. “Earth Networks sends us the resources to set up the weather devices here in Grandview, and we set up the alert system as well. Teachers and students will have access to detailed daily weather reports and storm information.  

“We look forward to collaborating with the community and sharing our severe storm alerts and the lightning rod detector, which will also be beneficial for outdoor sporting events. We are thankful for the farmers in our community who recommend us for this grant.”

The district thanked Bayer for choosing them as the recipient. 

For information about AFGRE, visit americasfarmers.com. For information about Earth Networks, visit earthnetworks.com.

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