Monsanto Fund contributes to Concordia schools

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Pictured from left are: (front row) Gini Barnett, superintendent of Santa Fe R-X School District; Susan Pointer, of Monsanto; Dawn Scarborough, supervising therapist, Pathways Health Center; Alissa Barnes, Northwest region VP, Pathways; Mary Beth Scherer, superintendent of Concordia R-II School District; (second row) Mel Fetter, CEO Compass Health Guiding Solutions, parent company of Pathways; Adam Parsons, of Monsanto; and Theresa Presley, community service director of Pathways. (Charles Dunlap/The Concordian)

Representatives from The Monsanto Fund presented a check for $15,000 Friday to Pathways Community Health, of Clinton, at the Concordia R-2 High School. This money will help Pathways continue to offer counseling services for the Concordia R-2 School District.

The Monsanto Fund decided to give this donation to Pathways as a way to give back to the community.

"One of our employee's wife works for the school district," said Adam Parsons, site manager for Monsanto's Marshall plant. "It's nice to be able to help employees from where you live. We're giving to a different group than we've helped before."

Pathways comes to the school district two days a week to hold anger management groups for students, among other services.

According to Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer, having Pathways come into the school district is a help for parents. Counseling sessions occur during the school day, and it eliminates a transportation expense for parents.

"It's beneficial for all the kids. Our school counselors can be very busy, and Pathways offers some mental health services that aren't offered through the [Missouri] department of [elementary and secondary] education," said Scherer.

Pathways Community Health is a not--for--profit community mental health center providing a full continuum of mental health care and access to services in Missouri and Louisiana. Pathways provides mental health services, along with drug and alcohol abuse treatments, and preventative services.

The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm for Monsanto, of St. Louis. The fund is committed to improving lives in farming communities around the world. It works to be an innovative philanthropic leader.

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