Investment will expand math tutoring program at La Follette High School
MADISON, WI (July 18, 2017) – Employees from Monsanto’s DeForest location recommended United Way of Dane County’s Achievement Connections High School Math Tutoring program to receive a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to support the program’s upcoming expansion to La Follette High School in the Madison Metropolitan School District.
“United Way of Dane County is incredibly grateful to receive this generous gift from the Monsanto Fund,” said United Way President and CEO Renee Moe. “We will use the grant to recruit new math tutors at La Follette High School, and bolster students who need academic, critical thinking and adult mentorship support. At United Way, we aim to help all students be successful in school and in life, and this gift will be immensely helpful in advancing our education strategy and mission.”
“United Way has a long history of undertaking worthwhile projects. Attaining good math skills in high school maximizes the chance for our young people to succeed in higher education and beyond into the everyday work force,” added Bill Boor, Testing and Operations Manager at Monsanto. “We recognize this and by supporting United Way in this program, we are giving back to the very communities that support us.”
This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.
About Achievement Connections:
United Way of Dane County, in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) and the Morgridge Center for Public Service, provide high school students struggling in mathematics with Algebra and Geometry tutoring through the Achievement Connections program. Currently operating in three Madison high schools (Memorial, West, and East), as well as Middleton High School, this program specifically targets the skills and competencies students need to succeed in higher-level math and science courses that are closely linked to high school graduation, college completion, STEM industry employment, and earning potential. With the support of the Monsanto Fund, the Foundation for Madison Public Schools, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the program will expand to a fifth site at La Follette High School during the 2017-2018 school year.
About the Monsanto Fund:
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.
About United Way of Dane County:
United Way of Dane County fights for the education, financial stability, and health of everyone in Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, United Way brings the many voices of Dane County together to find common ground, develop a strategic architecture for change, and make measurable progress, while engaging organizations and individuals with the opportunity to give, advocate and volunteer to change lives in Dane County.