Cargill Cares Committee Supports St. Anthony School Science Program
The Cargill Cares Committee (CCC) has made a grant to St. Anthony’s Catholic School to help build their science program through equipment and resources. The CCC grant will boost science instruction for students with emphasis on local applications such as agriculture- and dairy-related experiments. Experiments and science education would be coupled with field trips to local dairies and agriculture sites such as feedyards. This expanded effort will couple nicely with new science texts purchased for the current school year.
Dr. Bill Kolath, Research Scientist for Cargill, will serve as a guest speaker for St. Anthony School; and various staff at Cargill have offered their time to work with students on science fair projects and as judges for the science fair. Dr. Kolath will provide students science experiments related to Cargill’s industry and explain how knowledge learned in the classroom applies to the real world. Additionally, Drs. Angela and Scanlon Daniels with Circle H Headquarters will serve as guest speakers for dairy-specific experiments such as pasteurization in milk, good versus bad bacteria in yogurt and rumen flora. The students will explore projects such as learning to make cheese, yogurt and butter, looking at the life cycle of plants and animals, plant growth, skeletal structures, plant and animal cells and the food chain.
St. Anthony School began hosting a Diocesan-wide science fair for 4th through 6th grade students in the Spring of 2009. St. Anthony’s School realizes it is necessary to continue growing in its diversity and offerings for its students in order to provide the best education possible. Partnerships with industries such as Cargill and Circle H Headquarters play a vital role in making students’ education significantly stronger in the sciences.
The Cargill Cares Committee representatives are pictured left to right: Sammy Castaneda, Katie Page, Ted Hoover, Dr. Bill Kolath, and Felicitas Castaneda presenting a check to Nicole Barber, Principal of St. Anthony School, for science equipment and supplies. Sr. Mary Magdalene, Kindergarten teacher, stands with students Emma Schartz, Cooper Sherrill, Dade Gomez, Alyssa Nials and Chandler Gomez. St. Anthony School also recognized this gift as a participation in the 2009 Sponsors for Education Excellence program. The Cargill Cares Committee’s gift directly impacts education for students at St. Anthony’s and is part of Cargill’s effort to “promote innovation in education” – one of three focus areas for the Committee’s giving.