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January 19, 2012


Middle School Awarded Monsanto Grant for Bee Project

Monsanto Bee Grant
Loreen Stillwell with Monsanto presents the grant award to MRH students Dexter Ramos and Ramone Agard, and Brian Adkisson, MRH director of communications.

On January 10, 2012 educators from all grade levels and nine different schools in the St. Louis area were awarded the first-ever Dannette Ward Science Education Grant from Monsanto. The schools were chosen to receive either a $500 or $1,000 grant to enhance the learning of science and/or agriculture in the classroom or outdoor learning projects. The recipient projects were diverse and ranged from biotech science project supplies to establishing a bee hive to robotic equipment!

The MRH Middle School was awarded $1,000 for its bee project. Like the MRH chickens, the bees are helping students learn about the natural world and about where food comes from, but they’re also learning about science and how to make and market products like honey, beeswax lip balm, and candles. The bees, located on MRH grounds at the Student Success Center, are managed by a Middle School student bee club.

“At MRH, we are focused on sustainability and are committed to teaching our students how to better impact the environment in a positive way. With this grant we’ll be able to see how nature is positively impacted by bees, something many students don’t get to see,” said Brian Adkisson, MRH director of communications.

The grant was named after Dannette Ward, a Monsanto scientist who made a significant impact on educating youth in the city of St. Louis. The grant was formed by Monsanto’s Science and Agriculture Education Outreach program volunteers, which offers St. Louis schools the opportunity to have a Monsanto scientist visit and teach an activity that makes science and agriculture fun and educational.  The grants were funded through "Monsantogether," Monsanto’s volunteer program, and Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.