Alum secures donation for Clarendon Hall


Clarendon County farmer David Tindal won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Clarendon Hall.

Clarendon Hall will use the funds to purchase textbooks for implementing the new math curriculum in fifth, sixth and seventh grades and the purchase of audio visual equipment for classrooms. In addition, the school will donate $250 to St. Mary's Catholic Church "Food Pantry" which aids families in the Summerton area.

"Being in the heart of an agricultural area, we, as a school, have a great respect for farmers said Phillip Rizzo Jr Headmaster of Clarendon Hall. "Obtaining this donation by Mr. Tindal, a graduate of Clarendon Hall, demonstrates that farmers help their community in many ways and we truly appreciate his effort to help Clarendon Hall."

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, according to a press release about the award. 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 donation makes in their community."

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