As part of Monsanto’s commitment to STEM Education and Youth Outreach, the Puerto Rico site ambassadors and volunteers have taken time from their schedules to meet, talk and share with school communities throughout southern Puerto Rico.
Employees Harold Vega, Marivier Rojas, Francisco Muniz, Felipe Collazo, and Wilberto Soto hosted a site tour of the Juana Diaz facilities for 28 high school students and chaperones from Albert Einstein School in San Juan. This visit consisted of a three-part talk on off-the-job vehicular safety, breeding and biotechnology, and Monsanto’s local operations, as well as a visit to a cotton field, and tilling and cotton pollination demonstrations.
Students from the Interamerican University San German Campus also visited and toured the site recently. This group of 27 students were hosted by employees Gladys Marrero, Jesus Ortiz, and Lose Ortiz. The tour consisted of two-part talk on off-the-job vehicular safety and breeding and biotechnology, as well as a visit to the Juana Diaz greenhouse.
The ambassadors and volunteers also took time to visit schools. Employees Diana Morales and Melissa Matos gave a two-part talk on off-the-job vehicular safety and breeding and biotechnology for 58 high school students at the Maximo Donoso School in Juana Díaz. Gabriel Rodriguez, and Joyce and Marco Leon visited Luis Munoz Marin School, also in Juana Diaz, for another talk on off-the-job vehicular safety and breeding and biotechnology. Fifty-seven high school students were in attendance.
Furthermore, the company participated in the First Ag Fair at the Ponce Vocational School with an exhibitor table, reaching 589 high school students interested in agriculture. Finally, ambassadors Diana Colon and Yadisha Lopez collaborated with the Holy Rosary School 4H Club in Yauco, participating in their Health and Education Fair. Yadisha and Diana staffed an exhibitor table during the fair, interacting with 500 students, faculty members, parents, guardians, and visitors. They also gave a talk on off-the-job home safety and breeding and biotechnology, as well as donating cleaning and hygiene essentials, planting materials, and irrigation materials for the 4H Club.
“We at Monsanto are very proud and thankful for all of the effort, dedication and passion our volunteers and ambassadors put in our education and youth outreach efforts,” shared Miguel Pereira, the Monsanto Puerto Rico Community Affairs Manager. “It speaks volumes of the professionalism and quality of our local workforce – both in and out of our fields and workplaces. Again, thank you all.”