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WDMCS Receives $5,000 Grant from Bayer Fund for Valley Greenhouse (07/12/21)

July 12, 2021 | The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) is excited to share that it received a $5,000 grant from Bayer Fund, which will be used to further the development of the greenhouse located at Valley High School.

The greenhouse was restored earlier this year thanks to the efforts of incoming Valley senior Nathan Steimel over the past two years. In addition to getting the greenhouse available for use, Steimel helped launch the high school's new Greenhouse Club, which helps educate students the importance of agriculture and provides hands-on learning toward real-life experiences in leadership, team building, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. Because of these efforts, Steimel was selected as one of 15 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Students for the Class of 2021.

“Valley High School is beyond excited to receive this funding to provide additional support and resources for our restored greenhouse,” said Valley High School Principal David Maxwell. “What we hope to accomplish by exposing our students to a botanical experience will serve our school and community for years to come. I have been so impressed with Nathan’s perseverance and passion; he is the perfect example of the  quality of student Valley High School students are.”

“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”

In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than $17 million to over 3,400 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $80 million.

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Aaron Young, WDMCS School/Community Relations