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Sandoval FFA members accept $10,000 grant to help build a greenhouse.

Sandoval FFA Receives $10,000 Grant To Help Build Greenhouse

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The Sandoval FFA formally accepted a $10,000 dollar grant from the Monsanto Corporation as part of their America's Farmers Growing Rural Education program before the Varsity Volleyball game on Friday.

The check was presented to Sandoval FFA students by Sandoval High School class of 2003 graduate and Monsanto Administrative Assistant Kimberly Farthing.  "It is an America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grant.  It has been awarded to 181 schools across 39 states for a total of $2.3-million, one of those being the Sandoval School District," said Farthing. 

Sandoval FFA Advisor Casey Bolin says the group will be using the money to build a Greenhouse. Students will use the Greenhouse as a horticultural laboratory.  "This is our second year and coming into that I was like 'we need to do something, have some kind of lab, we decided a greenhouse would be great".  It is a community based type grant and farmers had to nominate us.  We found out in August, our first day of school, when school started, we received a phone call that said we were the recipient of a grant," said Bolen.  "What a great way to start off school."

The grant funds a little less than a half of the project, which is expected to cost about $25,000 dollars. The FFA is looking for community support for the project, to donate or otherwise assist with the project, you can call Sandoval High School at (618) 247-3361.

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