Otoe County farmer Richard Aufenkamp has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Lourdes Central Catholic School.
Lourdes will use the funds to purchase new dry erase boards for classrooms.
“Lourdes would like to thank Monsanto for their generosity and Mr. Richard Aufenkamp for nominating us,” said  Curt Feilmeier, principal of Lourdes Central Catholic School.
“These funds will be used to enhance the classroom experience for our students and complement our 1:1 iPad program,” said Feilmeier.
The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities.
Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.
Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.
“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president.
“Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community,” said Mitchell.
For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit www.GrowCommunities.com.
The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America.
To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.
Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.