Jerry Turner, representing the Monsanto site of Illiopolis,
presents a check to Mount Pulaski High School principal
Terry Morgan and teachers Mindy Gross and Michele Clark
Monsanto gifts science departments in
Mount Pulaski schools
Teachers to purchase safety equipment and
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[October 02, 2014]
PULASKI - The Mount Pulaski Community Unit School District 23 was
presented a check for $6,000 Tuesday evening at halftime of the
girls volleyball game. Mount Pulaski was awarded the grant as part
of Monsanto Fund's 2014 site grant initiative.
Jerry Turner, seed technician at Monsanto and a former volleyball
coach himself, presented the check to the Science Department of the
school district. On hand to receive the check were high school
science teachers Mindy Gross and Michele Clark. Mount Pulaski Junior
High science teacher Karen Allspach was unable to attend the
presentation, but her science program will also benefit from the
According to Michele Clark, this the first time Mount Pulaski has
ever applied for and received the grant. Clark was contacted last
winter by Turner and urged to fill out the online application. "The
online application basically wanted to know what we wanted, what the
school would use the money for and the demographics of the school,"
Clark and Allspach plan to use their portion of the money to
purchase much-needed new microscopes, while Gross plans to purchase
lab safety equipment for her classroom. By splitting the $6,000
evenly, each teacher is able to add something to their classroom for
the benefit of the students. "This allows us to update and get
larger pieces of equipment we normally could not get," added Clark.
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Clark plans on reporting back to Monsanto in February to let
the company know how the money is being used. After a year,
Clark says, she will reapply for another grant with Monsanto and
she plans on making her wish list now.
Mount Pulaski CUD #23 serves the students of Mount Pulaski,
Elkhart, Chestnut, Cornland and Lake Fork.