Left to right: local farmers Christy and Dale Allen,
Kim Huynh and director Liberty Canady of Christian
Childcare, Elizabeth Wrage of Monsanto, and Eric Gordon of
County farmer directs donation to local daycare center, Christian
Child Care, Inc.
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[February 27, 2016]
- On Friday morning, Liberty Canady and Kim Huynh of Christian Child
Care graciously accepted a donation in the amount of $2,500 from the
America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by Monsanto.
On hand for the presentation were Dale and Christy Allen of the
rural Atlanta area. The Allens’ farm approximately 600 acres,
and use Monsanto products on their farm. This year, they decided
to enter the contest, knowing that if they won, they would
choose the CCC for the award because of their personal
understanding of the quality service the child care provides.
Christy Allen explained that she is employed by Community
Connections in Springfield and has worked first-hand with the
CCC. She noted that the daycare in Lincoln is nationally
accredited as a "Gold Circle program" and has achieved the
highest rankings possible in the state for quality child care
Also, on hand was Elizabeth Wrage, representing Monsanto. Wrage
said she was very excited when she learned that the Christian
Child Care had won the award. In addition to being a Logan
County resident, proud that one of her local programs had won,
she explained that her own children attend Christian Child Care.
She said it was doubly exciting to know the daycare/school will
have the funding it needs to help complete a new project for its
Canady said when she got the call from Monsanto, at first, she
didn't believe it. She thought the call was a hoax or a prank.
But when she came to realize it was actual, she too was very
excited about the award. The school is working toward creating
outdoor classrooms in the three playground areas at the child
care, and the money will be used to that end.
The fifth person on hand Friday morning was Eric Gordon of
Brandt Consolidated in Burtonview. Brandt is a dealer of
Monsanto products in the area. He noted that he enjoyed being
able to participate in the award and said that he really likes
all the programs that Monsanto has to assist local schools and
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According to information provided by Monsanto, for the past six years, the
America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over
$22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America.
Winning farmers direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger,
purchase life-saving fire and EMS equipment, support youth ag leadership
programs, buy much-needed classroom resources, and much more.
Other Monsanto programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which
encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college
scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education works with farmers to nominate rural
school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants.