A Rockford area school district gets a major chunk of change to help improve learning.
North Boone plans to use the $10,000 grant to buy a set of tablet computers. The district won the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education contest. North Boone Superintendent Steve Baule says the grant will help rebuild the math and science program in the district to make what students learn in class, stick. Baule says the tablets will help engage more kids and ultimately improve test scores.
More than 1,150 school districts submitted applications for the grant. Those applications were reviewed over the summer and were picked based on merit, need and community involvement. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grants this year.