DeKalb County farmer supports Hiawatha Education Foundation

Local farmer Allan Aves has directed a $2,500 donation to the Hiawatha Education Foundation. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help support grants for the program. The foundation provides long-term, self-sustaining financial support to help enrich the educational opportunities and experiences for the students and staff of Hiawatha Public Schools.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“Hopefully by providing these experiences, we can make a difference and keep the students engaged in learning,” said President Malcolm Anderberg. “We want the program to be something students can look back on as a positive learning experience later in life.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Hiawatha Education Foundation, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Allan Aves.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit [ http://www.americasfarmers.com/growcommunities/ ]growcommunities.com.

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