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Grant to help launch agriscience program


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A $10,000 grant will help Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. create an agriscience program and offer classes that can earn students college

credits.

The school district was chosen as a winner in the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. The grant, based in part on nominations by local farmers, is intended to enhance math and science education, according to a new release.

The agriculture classroom at Hauser Jr./Sr. High will be transformed into an agriscience lab with the grant, said Sara Rapp, the school’s agricultural science and business teacher.

In addition, the school will begin offering two new advanced life sciences classes: one on animals and the other on plants and soil. The classes will be dual-credit classes with Purdue University.

“This grant is allowing us to be able to do dual-credit courses,” Rapp said.

That’s important because the school doesn’t offer a second-year biology course. Rapp said the new classes should attract students interested in the medical, agricultural and biology fields because they will share similarities to anatomy and physiology courses.

The goal is to have the lab and classes ready for next school year, she said.

Lab tables that are chemical- and heat-resistant will be purchased, and so will plant growth lights to stimulate germination and a mobile storage cabinet to hold microscopes and other equipment.

“This will bring our ag department into the agriscience age. That’s huge. That’s the reason we need it,” Rapp said.

The ag classroom currently has laminate tables, a kitchen sink, a stove and kitchen cabinets, she said.

Rapp said Monsanto sends grant information to agriculture teachers. When she learned about it, she wanted to apply. Some of the ag students contacted local farmers to get their support in nominating Flat Rock-Hawcreek for consideration.

The school is one of 10 in Indiana receiving a grant, the news release said.

The check will be presented at halftime of the Hauser-Edinburgh boys basketball game today.

Rapp said she will begin ordering equipment next week.

If you go

WHAT: $10,000 check presentation to Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. from the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program.

WHEN: About 7:45 p.m. today, during halftime of the Hauser-Edinburgh boys basketball game.

WHERE: Hauser Jr./Sr. High School, 9273 State Road 9 North, Hope.

WHY: Grant will help Hauser Jr./Sr. High create and agriscience program and offer dual-credit courses with Purdue University.

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