Watershed program expands to educate area youth

 Watershed program expands to educate area youth
ScienceSouth receives $19,808 Monsanto Fund grant 

FLORENCE, S.C. (July 26, 2012) – A U.S. resident uses an average of 100 gallons of water each day– twice as much of an average European resident, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. With consumable water scarcer than ever, it’s up to America’s youth to understand and protect this precious resource for future generations.

ScienceSouth will now be able to supplement its watershed program, thanks to the Hartsville Monsanto site which nominated the organization for a $19,808 grant.

The science education center, a nonprofit in Florence, S.C., provides school and on-site programs, summer camps, teacher training and public events such as “Sidewalk Astronomer.”

ScienceSouth will use this grant to expand its watershed program, which teaches water quality to youth.

“This grant, used to purchase a new PASCO SPARK Science Learning System and probe ware, will allow us to include activities appropriate for middle and high school students,” said Stephen Welch, ScienceSouth executive director. “The new equipment measures and assesses pH, dissolved oxygen content, carbon dioxide content and conductivity of water samples from the communities in which the students live.”

“We will also use the grant to offer a free, environmental science camp for at-risk, minority high school students next summer,” Welch said. “It will cover topics including water quality, ecosystems and more.”

Dawn Fraser, Monsanto Hartsville site lead, also was excited to play a part in the donation. She received positive feedback about ScienceSouth and its work with various groups in the community. Fraser knows Welch personally and has seen how committed the organization is to furthering children’s interest in science at all levels.

“I am delighted that ScienceSouth received this award from the Monsanto Fund,” Fraser said. “This organization works with many children in our local area, exposing them to science that they aren’t otherwise exposed to. The Monsanto Fund’s support of this organization is critical in helping to develop an early interest in science among youth.”

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company awarded the $19,808 grant to ScienceSouth during a presentation on July 26, 2012.

“We appreciate the Monsanto Fund’s willingness to invest in the science education of the future workforce,” Welch said. “Water quality and accessibility have become important topics of interest in South Carolina in recent years and will continue to rise as the demand for consumable water increases.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 100 site grants to nonprofit organizations in 26 states. In South Carolina, ScienceSouth was the only recipient of a grant. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations, such as ScienceSouth, to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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