Bayou Academy Headmaster David Granville said his goal is to ensure that each elementary classroom is equipped with SMART boards that will aid in the learning process.
To assist in his efforts, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has awarded Bayou Academy a $2,500 grant.
"I strongly feel that technology is a major part of our academics both presently and in the future. Most of our elementary students are visual learners and the SMART boards enable them to learn visually and by interaction," said Granville.
"We are doing all that we can to innovate our curriculum by using technology," he added.
The program, which launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments and other groups.
Granville said that former student Luke Ingram nominated Bayou for the grant and he is so grateful for the consideration.
People in eligible counties have the opportunity to suggest an idea or initiative for a farmer to consider in his/her America’s Farmers Grow Communities entry.
"After being nominated we then had to apply and fill out all of the necessary paperwork. We had to be able to prove a need that we would meet in the community by receiving the grant," said Granville.
America Farmers Grow Communities provides basic education support designed to improve education in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs.
The organization also tries to meet critical needs in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help with things such as food security, sanitation, and access to clean water, public safety and various other local needs.
"We had to prove that we had a valid need for the grant and our need was to obtain a source of technology for our students," he added.
He said he and members of his staff had to put together a plan as to how they were going to use the SMART board in the classroom based on their curriculum.
"The organization favored our plan and we received an approval rating," Granville said.
"This grant will aid us in purchasing one board because they cost around $4,000. Without this grant we would have had to take the money out of our operating budget," he added.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will have invested more than $16 million in helping rural communities grow in 1,289 counties across 39 states.
Granville said that Bayou is ecstatic about receiving the grant but most of all he is elated to have formed a relationship with the organization.
"This was a very good grant for us to get and we are glad to have started a relationship with America's Farmers Grow Communities. The good thing about a grant is that once you form a relationship with an organization and if you do a good job in doing what you say that you are going to do with the money then you can apply and maybe have the opportunity to get a little more," he said.
"For us just to have formed a relationship with the organization is just a welcomed blessing," he added.