Walker-Gamble Elementary School in New Zion has received a $2,500 donation from America's Farmers Grow Communities. The initiative is sponsored by the MOnsanto Fund, and the monies were directed to the school by local farmer Mack Beard Sr. of Barrineau.
The donation will help the school with supplies and materials needed to continue the daily work with children in K4 through fifth grades, Principal Sheila Floyd said.
Beard has farmed in Clarendon and Florence counties for decades and has had children and grandchildren attending Walker-Gamble Elementary School. He currently has a granddaughter, Deane Burrows, teaching at the school and a grandson, Judson Beard, who is a fourth-grade student at the school.
"Walker-Gamble is very appreciative of this donation and of the Beard family's support of the school for many years," Floyd said.
For six years, America's Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate more than $22 million to more than 8000 community organizations throughout rural America. Winning farmers direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunter, purchase lifesaving fire and EMS equipment, support agricultural youth leadership programs, buy much-needed classroom resources and so much more.
America's Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America Grow Communities is one program in the America's Farmers community outreach efforts, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
Other programs include America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 colege scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants.
Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com for more information.