Employees from Monsanto Beaman Iowa site recommended that Collins Maxwell Community Schools receive a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to help build their school greenhouse.

“The grant will be used to construct a 30’ x 36’ greenhouse. The greenhouse will be used for student and class projects. We plan to use the greenhouse as much as we can,” said Jamie Waddingham, agriculture instructor at Collins-Maxwell.

“I personally live near this community and when I heard about an opportunity to invest in rural education, it’s definitely something I wanted to help initiate through the Monsanto fund at our site. I want the next generation to experience a piece of agriculture, and maybe someday that will inspire them to lead a career in agriculture,” said Jason Seelow, operations manager at Monsanto Beaman. “We’re very happy to support the Collins-Maxwell Community Schools with this Monsanto Fund grant.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

The Collins-Maxwell Agriculture Program was established in 1997. The greenhouse will be a great addition to increase working space for students. The greenhouse will have a soil pad so we can grow plants to maturity. Students will have space for many types of investigative and research projects. This will increase STEM curriculum and students will have more hands-on learning opportunities.