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John Deere Gives Grant to Crocker

 Deere Grant
John Deere presented a $4,000 Community Relations grant to Crocker Elementary to provide support for early literacy instruction.
Back row: Jeff McGill, John Deere Donations Committee Chair; Regina Davis, special education teacher; Melissa Schulz, third grade teacher; Krystal Cudworth, first grade teacher; Victoria Nicholas, second grade teacher; Morgan Carswell, kindergarten teacher; Dr. Tom Muhlenbruck, principal.
Front row: Christian Abarr, third grade; Evan Hodapp, third grade; Lily Black, first grade; Alex Moore, second grade; Nolan Bertsch, kindergarten.
ANKENY, Iowa (January 22, 2016) - John Deere is helping advance the education of Crocker Elementary students with a John Deere Community Relations grant to support early literacy instruction.

"I would like to thank John Deere for their generosity," said Dr. Tom Muhlenbruck, Crocker Elementary Principal.  "It is exciting and promising to know that we have community support with this important work that impacts our student learning."
The $4,000 grant will be used for resources and materials to support the Early Literacy Implementation, assisting kindergarten through third grade teachers to provide effective and evidence-based practices to all students.

“We aspire to be a catalyst for positive global change by focusing on solving world hunger, empowering others through education, and developing our home communities," said Jeff McGill, John Deere Donations Committee Chair.  "John Deere Des Moines Works is proud to donate to Crocker Elementary, where the teachers are taking an active role in ensuring all students  meet or exceed reading levels for their respective grades.”

John Deere's Philanthropy

John Deere focuses their philanthropic efforts in these areas:
  • Solutions for World Hunger – to transform under-resourced agricultural communities in developing countries through distinctive and sustainable solutions for world hunger focused on farmer training, value-chain enhancement, and water access and use.
  • Education – to invest in projects that provide inspiring, rewarding, and innovative educational experiences for both youth and adults, particularly in our home communities.
  • Community Development – to create rich and diverse opportunities for community growth by supporting economic development, resiliency and safety programs, and community relations activities.