By Tim Linscott
“We go to these technology conferences and kind of geek out on all of the stuff we’d like to have and now it is a reality,” PCS science instructor Deanne Bishop said while holding an oversized check for $10,000 from Monsanto.
On Friday, Oct. 11, during the halftime of the Perkins County versus Decatur football game, representatives of Monsanto, PCS and area farm families gathered for a check presentation. The science and ag science departments of PCS received the grant check for $10,000 from the Monsanto ‘America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education’ program.
Twenty-five area farmers nominated the school to be eligible to apply for the grant. This is the second year PCS was eligible and the first year they have received the grant funds.
With the grant money the district will be purchasing eight computer interfaces that allow students to do multiple experiments in the science and ag science departments from virtually anywhere.
“We can do experiments in the middle of a field or in the classroom, there are just unlimited applications to these devices,” science instructor Scott King said.
King and Bishop both said the district looked at purchasing one of the devices but now has the opportunity to buy eight, greatly benefitting more students and furthering education in the district.
“We have the chance to buy several of these devices and that is really big for the kids,” Bishop said.