Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Muscatine County received a $1,860 Working Here Fund grant for afterschool and summer camp programs. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

ISU Extension and Outreach Muscatine County will use the funds to purchase iPads, accessories, and Cubelets® Robot Blocks to assist with programming that allows students to learn by inventing and tinkering during afterschool and summer camp programs. The programs are focused on K-6 graders to increase their awareness and education about agriculture and how water impacts the soil. Many students in the program do not have an agriculture background, and this will allow them to learn more about the process of growing food and other aspects of agriculture.

“The iPads will enable us to use gardening programs that are interactive so the students can see how and what they should plant for our area,” said Dana Yerington, K-12 Outreach Educator for Muscatine County Agricultural Extension District.

“We understand that by educating tomorrow’s farmers today, we are supporting our rural communities and agriculture,” said Dawn Foster, vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s DeWitt office.

ISU Extension and Outreach Muscatine County is one of 99 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant in the third quarter of 2016. FCSAmerica awarded $133,405 during the latest grant cycle ending September 30, 2016.