Preschool through fifth grade students in Yolo county will now have a hands‐on learning experience with science.
Employees from Monsanto’s Woodland site selected Explorit Science Center to receive a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2015 site grant initiative.
Representatives from the organization and the fund celebrated the grant with a check presentation in July at Explorit.
Funds from the grant will be used to provide operational and scholarship funding for science camps.
“A child’s early experiences with science, problem solving and hands‐on activities prepare them for their elementary school years while opening their eyes to possibilities for careers in science, technology, math and engineering,” said Lars Anderson, Explorit board president.
Explorit volunteers and Woodland site employees often work together to serve the community.
This marks the third year of this partnership, with the organization receiving a total of $50,000 since 2012.
“Training children to see our world with a scientific perspective helps them understand our environment and think about sustainability,” said Pam Dickerson, Monsanto Woodland site chemist. “This perspective is greatly beneficial and Explorit is trying to help provide this sense to diverse groups of children in our community.”
This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.2 million to nonprofit organizations through the site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Youth organizations across the country have received $5.1 Million from the fund since 2010.