County Farmer directs America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to North Adams Elementary School


Farmers Make a Difference in Rural Communities by Directing Donations from Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program to Local Nonprofit Organizations

  • The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program will provide more than $3 million in financial support to nonprofits across the US in 2017
  • Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $26 million to more than 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

Seaman, Ohio (April 27, 2017) – Adams County farmer, Ronald Purdin, has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to North Adams Elementary.

North Adams Elementary will use the funds to purchase additional chrome books for student use. [“We truly appreciate Mr. Purdin nominating our school for this donation. This $2,500 donation will help us purchase more technology to use with our students. It is our goal to someday have a computer for every student in our school,”] said, Deirdre Mills, North Adams Elementary Principal.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

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

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at

Hillyard trains on the job at North Adams Elementary School


Founded in 1907, Hillyard is a leading manufacturer and distributor of cleaning and hygiene solutions. Helping people deliver clean, safe and healthy facilities is our purpose, passion and focus. Recently Hillyard came to North Adams Elementary School to train some of their employees while demonstrating the proper way to strip and refinish a gym floor. They allowed some of our custodians to join in the training.

Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award


The Franklin B. Walter (FBW) All-Scholastic Award was created in 1990 by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to honor Franklin B. Walter past Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio and to recognize one top student scholar from each county in Ohio. Franklin B. Walter served as state superintendent from March 1977 until August 1991.

Each year the SOESC honors one student from a local school district in Adams, Clinton, Fayette and Highland County to be the (OESCA) Franklin B. Walter Award Recipient. The Adams County recipient is Caitlin Young from North Adams High School.

Randy Chandler Friend In Education Pictured
with Richard Seas recognized at the Four County Board meeting


  • Organized meeting with stakeholder of the Summer Food Program in Adams County that resulted in establishing a plan to increase food distribution to kids
  • Organized North Adams Elementary after school Community Club that meets three days a week focused on personal development and tools needed for making healthy choices with life issues. The focus is on building, planning and developing self-esteem, learning about prevention, safety and social actions that effect lives and provide tools to help in making better choices.
  • Appointed to Adams County Job & Family Services planning committee
  • Organized a one day training workshop on Poverty Prevention
  • Helping to organize a collaboration between the school system, faith based organization and the business community to provide mentoring to high school students by utilize the Community Connector Grant
  • Working to organize an Adams County committee that will collaborate with a non-profit organization to provide housing and resources for Human Trafficking victims
  • Organized North Adams Elementary School Weekend Food Program that is currently feeding 60 kids
  • Lead organization of the Coalition for a Drug Free Adams County whose mission is connecting community, organizations and resources to prevent drug use, decrease harm and support recovery
  • Previous church youth leader for several years
  • Previously coached boys youth baseball and basketball
  • Previously coached girls youth softball and basketball
  • Previously Cub Master for West Union Boy Scouts

Junior High TAG "secret" shopping


On Friday, December 9th, Junior High TAG students from OVSD high schools had the pleasure of again helping Cece Hummel of Venture Productions in the annual Christmas Sharing program for youth in our county. The thirty-four student "secret" shoppers were each given Christmas shopping lists which included the amount of money to be spent for each recipient and some of the recipient's most wanted or needed items and wishes. It is always encouraging to watch the students’ labor carefully over choosing the best and most perfect gifts for each child they are shopping for. This is an excellent community service project and one TAG students have enjoyed doing for several years.

Trees to Textbooks Shares Revenue with Local Schools, Communities


Sixteen rural Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share $2,038,898 from the sale of timber from Ohio’s state forests, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ferno Donates $2,500 to OVCTC


A global company collaborates with local tech center for workforce preparedness.

Wilmington, OH, September 22, 2016 - Femo, the global leader in emergency pre-hospital patient handling equipment, is pleased to announce their donation to the Ohio Valley Career Technical Center (OVCTC) for $2,500. The funds will be used to invest in new equipment and training materials.

OVCTC collaborates with regional companies to develop programs that provide their students with the marketable skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Femo has been one of these partners for nearly 15 years, and employs an average of 8 OVCTC graduates each year. Over the summer, OVCTC instructor, Roy Cooper, spent time at Femo's Wilmington campus identifying specific needs that will be integrated into existing programs. This fall, several Engineering students from OVCTC are planning a week-long internship at Femo to conduct equipment time studies. Femo is proud to continue their partnership with OVCTC to strengthen the workforce in the region.

Pictured (1-r): Greg Bailey, Doug Dodge, Roy Cooper, Jason Vesey

About Feroo-Washington:

Femo is the global leader in pre-hospital emergency care solutions serving emergency services, including EMS, fire rescue, mortuary, industrial safety and police. Femo exports to more than 150 countries and has partnered with EMS, safety and regulatory agencies, and customers globally to create a new vision for delivery of emergency care. The company employs a dedicated team of customer-focused industry experts who are ready to share that vision with you. For more information, visit

Elementary teachers and administrators attend Reading Horizons Workshop

During the two-day professional training, elementary educators learn the rationale behind the research based approach. Participants receive explicit instruction and hands-on practice with the key processes of the program. Reading Horizons logically and sequentially teaches the framework of phonics and decoding while simultaneously teaching handwriting, reading, spelling, grammar, pronunciation, listening, and thinking skills. Eighty-five elementary teachers and administrators participated in the Reading Horizons workshop offered in May and again in August.

Summer Career Experience Days

Young students visit the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center to experience hands on activities in the career labs.

OVCTC Senior Recognition Program

Seniors from the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center were recognized for their accomplishments on Thursday, May 19th, 2016.

OVCTC Students participate in Community Day 2016
Students from the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center participated in a community service day. Several facilities in Adams County were cleaned, repaired and landscaped during the busy community day.

OVCTC Students renovate Administration Office
Students from the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center are renovating the administration office. New walls are going up, old walls are coming down and doors are being moved. Stay tuned for photos of the finished product.