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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Monsanto Fund makes $20,000 donation to enhance RASD technology

  • Technology is a major part of today’s world, and Monsato recognizes that.
    It also recognizes the importance of preparing students in the use of technology, which was evident in a recent donation presented to the Redwood Area School District.
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  • If one were to walk through the facilities owned by the Monsanto Company in Redwood Falls, one would see how vital technology is to its day to day operations.
     Technology is a major part of today’s world, and Monsato recognizes that.
    It also recognizes the importance of preparing students in the use of technology, which was evident in a recent donation presented to the Redwood Area School District. Through what is known as the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, a $20,000 donation was made to the school district.
    That donation was made to help fund part of a Redwood Area Edu-cation Foundation project known as computers on wheels. The goal of the project is to purchase mobile computer labs that can be used in the classroom, and one of those labs was made possible through the Monsanto Fund grant.
    Paul Brezina, Roger Lussenden and Dana Jacobs all of Monsanto in Redwood Falls were on hand for the first day of school where they officially presented a check to Cheri Nelson, RASD technology coordinator and Wade Mathers, RVMS principal.
    The mobile lab of 30 laptop computers is going to be utilized by middle school students right in their classrooms.
    In the past, teachers had to take students to a computer lab in the school, and with limited space time was not always available in that lab for students.
    “The computer labs we had were great,” said Mathers, “but they had a down side.
    “These new carts with 30 laptop computers are really going to help by bringing them right into the classroom.”
    There are approximately 350 students in the middle school, and in the past they were using 50 computers in the labs. The labs were in such high demand the middle school students were often doing their work in the labs in the high school.
    Mathers said the project includes two mobile labs of 60 laptop computers, and Mathers said this project would not have been possible if it was not for the Monsanto donation.
    “This is one way we can help out,” said Paul Brezina of Monsanto in Redwood Falls. “Child-ren and education are our future. Anything that can be done to help the schools is a huge benefit to the teachers and students. I am very excited that our site is giving back to the community.”
    Mathers said with the wireless capability now a part of the school district, classroom learning can be enhanced by having these laptops available.
    “Having mobile laptops will provide much more flexibility and will decrease time spent on each task,” said Cheri Nelson, RASD technology coordinator.
    The Monsanto Fund recognizes the importance of increasing technology integration in the classroom and supports the local school district in its effort to increase the availability of that technology to all of its students. The Monsanto Fund awarded 95 site grants in 25 states.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations such as the local district to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.
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