Public vote is needed to support district in contest

CF Industries is offering school districts where its distribution terminals are located, which includes the Hannibal School District, the opportunity to win a $5,000 grant. The special grant marks a milestone for CF’s Classroom Minigrant Program – the one millionth dollar contributed to local educators through a program whose minigrants average approximately $300.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 1, community members can vote at for their school district to win a $5,000 grant that will include the official millionth minigrant dollar donated by CF’s Classroom Minigrant program. Four runner-up districts will receive $1,250 each.

“We’re celebrating both the Classroom Minigrant Program’s millionth dollar donated and the incredible ways our teachers use the minigrants to give students a unique learning experience,” said Mike Curtis, Superintendent of CF Industries’ Palmyra Terminal. “Helping local teachers bring new and exciting opportunities focused on agriculture and the environment to the classroom has been one of our best investments.”

For nearly 20 years, CF has awarded minigrants to educators who find innovative ways to incorporate agriculture or the environment into classroom projects, with priority placed on projects that focus on water quality education. The grants average around $300 each, with larger grants awarded to projects that involve multiple classes or a large group of students.

Recent minigrants awarded to educators from the Hannibal schools include projects to:

• Discover the benefits of plants that attract butterflies and caterpillars; and

• Learn the variations in water quality, soil composition, seed origin and their affects on plants.

Voting will run from Nov. 1 through Nov. 15 at The winning school district will be announced on November 16 during American Education Week on CF’s social media platforms ( and