Mille Lacs farmer directs funds to Community Christian School

Staff members, students, and supporters of the Christian Reform School in Pease took part in a presentation of a $2,500 check from Monsanto Corp. on March 3 at the school. Area farm couple Dale and Tori Shelley, as customers of Monsanto, were able to direct the donation to a charitable cause and chose this school that their children attend.  Seated in front are the Shelley children – Max, Owen, Jack and Alex. Standing from left are Dale Shelley, Mike Schimming, Tori Shelley, LeRoy Koppendrayer, Angela Alkire, Monsanto representative Roger Peterson, school principal Tracy Rosenberg, and school office worker Amy Banks.
Staff members, students, and supporters of the Christian Reform School in Pease took part in a presentation of a $2,500 check from Monsanto Corp. on March 3 at the school. Area farm couple Dale and Tori Shelley, as customers of Monsanto, were able to direct the donation to a charitable cause and chose this school that their children attend. Seated in front are the Shelley children – Max, Owen, Jack and Alex. Standing from left are Dale Shelley, Mike Schimming, Tori Shelley, LeRoy Koppendrayer, Angela Alkire, Monsanto representative Roger Peterson, school principal Tracy Rosenberg, and school office worker Amy Banks.

The Community Christian School has received a $2,500 donation from Mille Lacs County farmer Dale Shelley and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization make building improvements that will benefit students and ultimately improve their quality of education.
“Funding such as this is vital to the life and survival of a small, rural, Christian school,” said Tracy Rosenberg, principal at Community Christian School. “We rely completely on small grants, private donations and tuition.”
For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com.
A sister program in the America’s Farmers effort, Grow Rural Education, is currently in its farmer nomination phase. Farmers interested in supporting math and science education in their communities should visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com from now through April 1 to learn how.