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Washington Catholic Receives 'America's Farmers Grown Communities' Donation

Seventh-grader Jackson Halter, left, our Lady of Hope Pastor Father Paul Ferguson, Steve Halter, Washington Catholic Middle/High School Principal Karie Craney Principal and sixth-grader Isaac Halter display artwork. Submitted photo

Daviess County farmer Steve Halter has directed a $2,500 donation to Washington Catholic Middle and High Schools as part of the “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Washington Catholic will use the funds to create a Vex Robotics Club and help to develop STEM careers. “Washington Catholic Middle/High School would like to thank Mr. Steve Halter and Monsanto for the $2,500 donation through the 2018 ‘America’s Farmers Grow Communities’ Monsanto Fund.  This donation will allow Washington Catholic to focus on STEM by creating a Vex Robotics Club for students in grade 6-12.  It is our hope that the Vex Robotics Club will help our students develop a passion for STEM and STEM related careers,” said Washington Catholic Middle/High School Principal Karie Craney.

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.

“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities; and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.”

To see the complete list of 2018 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit You can also learn more about the Grow Communities program by checking out