Foundation's Grants Committee secures $25,000 grant for Apollo and DCHS math departments

Grants Chair Joy Wenberg submitted a grant written by Grants Committee member Jana Bryant and her father, Joe Blandford, to the Monsanto Fund. Monsanto awarded the $25,000 grant to the Foundation and DCPS at the Apollo/Daviess County basketball doubleheader on December 7, 2012. Photos are on the Foundation's Facebook page (search 'Foundation for DCPS').


(Click on the photo above to see the Monsanto Fund $25,000 Grant Video.)

Below is the Press Release relating to the Monsanto Grant:

December 7, 2012

DCPS to Receive Monsanto Grant

A check presentation for a $25,000 grant for Building Competency in Math though the "America's Farmers Grow Rural Education" program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is scheduled to take place between the girls' and boys' basketball games between Apollo High School and host Daviess County High School, at approximately 7:15 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 7), in the DCHS gym. The Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools will host representatives from the Monsanto Fund, whose mission includes a commitment "to strengthening both farming communities and the communities where we live and work."

In order to apply for the grant, DCPS had to be nominated by at least one farmer residing in the school district. More than 90 nominations were submitted by Daviess County farmers supporting the grant, which will be used to purchase "My Math Lab" software and graphing calculators for the math departments at both Apollo and DCHS.

"Daviess County has a strong farming community that we knew would be supportive of our effort," said Joy Wenberg, speaking on behalf of the Foundation for DCPS. "We were excited about the prospect of additional funding for our high school math departments. This program seeks to enable all students to successfully meet graduation requirements and at the same time, acquire the skills and knowledge they need for higher education with emphasis on math."

"My Math Lab" software provides students with personalized study plans, homework, quizzes and tests with immediate feedback and an organizer for help with note-taking and practice, according to Jana Bryant, DCPS mathematics staff developer.

Wenberg, along with Bryant and retired DCPS math teacher Joe Blandford, submitted the grant proposal in April. They estimate approximately 3,000 students will benefit from the Monsanto grant, both while attending DCPS high schools and when they continue their educational careers at the post-secondary level, as well as in their careers.

"All students would benefit from developing study habits that research shows are tied to improved academic performance and greater college readiness, such as a willingness to put effort and discipline into present work in order to achieve long-term success and the ability to study independently, sustain concentration on a task, use evidence to defend a point of view, and self-correct in response to feedback," Bryant noted on the application.

Nominating farmers have been invited to attend the presentation and a reception to follow in the DCHS media center. In addition, Apollo and Daviess County high school students will display examples of their work in the fields of mathematics and related academies in the DCHS lobby.

Farmers interested in participating in the 2013 Monsanto grant cycle to benefit DCPS students should contact Vicki Quisenberry, executive director of the Foundation for DCPS, at vickiq@foundationfordcps.orgor (270) 231-5583 or Jana Bryant at or (270) 852-7000.

Our media partners are encouraged to share information about this grant and its positive impact on our district's "Great Expectations" for student success. For more information, contact the individuals listed above and/or:

Joy Wenberg - 270-231-3526 Kristin DeSutter (Monsanto Fund public relations) - 309-368-1344