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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Monsanto donates grants for technology, teaching

  • Droughts aren’t usually a benefit, but it was for two Cherokee County groups.



    Monday afternoon, the agricultural giant Monsanto donated on behalf of one Cherokee County couple two $2,500 grants, one to Weir Attendance Center and the other to CLASS Ltd. in Columbus.

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  • Editor’s Note: Nikki Patrick was off on Tuesday. She will return later this week. Today’s Patrick’s People was written by Andrew Nash.
    Droughts aren’t usually a benefit, but it was for two Cherokee County groups.
    Monday afternoon, the agricultural giant Monsanto donated on behalf of one Cherokee County couple two $2,500 grants, one to Weir Attendance Center and the other to CLASS Ltd. in Columbus.
    The grants are part of Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” program.
    “Any farmer who farms more than 250 acres is eligble to apply for a grant of their choice for a nonprofit in their community,” said Chock Scammon, Monsanto district sales manager. “This year, because Cherokee County was declared a disaster area for the drought, it was doubled to two $2,500 grants  for the community they live in.”
    Clay and Jeanna Jones, rural Scammon, were the lucky recipients this year, but also last year. Last year, their one grant went to CLASS Ltd. in Columbus. This year, with two $2,500 grants, they sent one to CLASS Ltd., and the other was presented in front of the Weir Attendance Center students.
    “I’m very thankful,” said Tammie Hall, Weir Attendance Center principal. “We will put this to technology and computer. Even if it only buys us two or three computer upgrades, that’s more than we have.”
    CLASS Ltd. was also thankful for their grant.
    “This year, we will work on teaching the clients to grow their own food and how to prepare it,” said Jan Bolin, CLASS Ltd. president/CEO. “We’re teaching them to live healthier lives. This will be put to very good use.”
    Clay Jones said it was easy to decide where to send the grants based upon his experience working on his own farm.
    “We grow wheat, soybeans, corn, cattle and kids,” Jones said. “We have one that went [to Weir Attendance Center] and one who is.”

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