Monsanto, the massive agriculture company known for their biotechnology efforts, seed treatments and much more, has presented Stevenson Elementary School with $2,500, thanks to SES teacher Michelle Hindman’s choosing the school for the award after being chosen to allocate the funds by Monsanto.
“I’m just real excited to be able to give something back to the community,” Hindman said Friday, as she and her husband Stephen prepared to accept the check on Stevenson’s behalf from Monsanto District Sales Manager Scott Cooper at Stevenson’s Town Hall Meeting assembly.
Hindman said the money will likely be used to fill technology needs at Stevenson. She and her husband were chosen randomly by Monsanto from a pool of area farmers to allocate $5,000 in Monsanto funds to two worthy recipients. In the past, Monsanto has only allowed chosen farmers to allocate $2,500 to one recipient.
“This year, the Monsanto Fund is providing twice the financial support to counties that have been declared natural disaster areas by the USDA,” information provided by Cooper said.
In addition to the $2,500 given to Stevenson, Hindman chose the Jesus Community Center, a church and center of help for the homeless, to be the recipient of the additional $2,500 in Monsanto funds.
Arnetta Dandridge, coordinator of the Jesus Community Center, was also on hand at Stevenson’s Town Hall Meeting last week to accept the check from Monsanto.
The donations were part of Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.
According to the Monsanto Fund’s website, “America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives growers the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite non-profit community organization. The program provides the Monsanto Fund with the opportunity to support organizations that are important to farmers and rural communities. It also gives farmers an opportunity to help build the communities they love so much.”