Middle Grove officials say they will use the donation to replace aging sports equipment at the school

Monroe County farmer Shannon Bright has won the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local nonprofit or group. She chose Middle Grove C-1 School.

The donation comes from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which is sponsored by the Monsanto fund.

Middle Grove officials said they will use the donation to replace a 30-year-old backstop for the school’s softball field and two basketball goals for its blacktop court.

“The school is so appreciative for the grant and dedication that Mrs. Bright has for us,” said Sara Jackson, a Middle Grove fifth through eighth grade teacher and coach, in a news release. “The Home and School Club has been working toward raising money to replace and update sports-related items for our playground for at least five years.”

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is meant to positively impact farming communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them.

Every year, farmers can enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation they will direct to a local nonprofit.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, partnering farmers have directed more than $26 million to a variety of groups that “reflect the makeup and character of rural America , including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others,” according to the news release.

The organization says it has seen a strong response from partnering farmers.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Monsanto Fund President Al Mitchell in a news release. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”

The Monsanto Fund is the nonprofit philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company.