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Starks agriscience program receives donation

DuPont Pioneer has donated $5,000 toward the Starks High School Agriscience program as part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) program.

This grant is part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) CASE grant program. CASE offers grants of $2,500 to $5,000 to help train teachers and supply equipment and resources to prepare students for careers in agriculture and food.

The goal is to support elimination of three cost barrier areas that have limited implementation of the program in their schools: teacher training, equipment and materials, and end-of-course assessments.

“Ensuring that we have enough safe, affordable food for all will require that more students understand agriculture and become leaders in food production,” said Robin Habeger, DuPont Pioneer Academic Outreach manager. “We know that we cannot do this alone and are working with others in agriculture and education to give teachers the best resources to encourage youth to understand agriculture and consider careers in the industry.”

“Our program is growing, excelling and getting stronger because of the CASE curriculum,” said Kevin Moreau, an instructor at Starks High School. “This gift will assist with executing the four tiers of the CASE curriculum, including purchasing the necessary equipment to fully implement the courses as written. It also enables me as a teacher to complete the one remaining course required to teach a four tier system here at SHS.”

CASE is a multiyear approach to Agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry-focused learning activities. The collaboration between DuPont Pioneer and CASE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This is the third year of involvement for DuPont Pioneer. Learn more about the program and grant schedule on the CASE grant website.

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for outreach grants are given to communities where Pioneer representatives, employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.

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