Cardinal School District is a finalist for a $25,000 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant.
The grant is through Monsanto, which offers a handful of $10,000 grants by region and one $25,000 grant. Ag and science teacher Kala Miller submitted the grant application and decided to go for the $25,000. If awarded the grant money, the school will use the funds to buy computer devices called LabQuest2, by Vernier Technology, for students to use and gather data.
"We're hoping to incorporate them into the classroom and also do an extension where we do science fair projects," Miller said. "And so we're going to especially encourage hopefully sixth graders and ninth graders to do science fair projects and compete at a local level and then take it on to state and hopefully nationals."
It only took one local eligible farmer to nominate Cardinal, but throughout the application process, they found out 17 farmers nominated the school district.
The final grant winner should be announced by the end of August.