Austin teacher recognized with grant, uses money to buy STEM carts for classrooms

AUSTIN, Minn. (ABC 6 News) – An Austin Public Schools teacher received a $2,500 Bayer Funs America’s Farmers Grow Community Grant.

Alisha Galle, a teacher at Woodson Kindergarten Center, used the donation to buy STEM-based play center carts for each classroom to use throughout the school year.

A local farmer, Rick Loucks, decided where the money would go.

“Our school family appreciates our local farmers and is very grateful for the Loucks’ family for selecting our school and students to receive this generous donation,” said Jill Rollie, principal of Woodson Kindergarten Center.

More information about America’s Farmers programs:

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes.

Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”