Three Iowa-Missouri Conference schools were recently awarded $5,000 grants for technology improvements. The schools are Hillcrest School in St. Louis, Missouri; Andrews Christian Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Springfield Junior Academy in Springfield, Missouri.

Versacare is an independent Adventist healthcare services organization that provides financial grants to Adventist ministries in a variety of areas, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) grants for conference-operated elementary and secondary schools within the North American Division. Grant amounts range from $5,000 for small schools with three classrooms or fewer to $10,000 for larger schools.

“We plan to add additional iMac computers and iPads to each of our classrooms,” said Melissa Morris, principal and grades 7-9 teacher at Hillcrest. “The balance will be set aside for future needs as our school continues to grow.”

Schools interested in applying for grants with Versacare should visit

Joe Allison is superintendent of education for the Iowa-Missouri Conference.