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January 19, 2022 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation is kicking off a fundraising drive today with a $25,000 matching grant from the Miramar Hotel and its owner MSD Partners, Foundation officials announced.

The final push in the annual parent fundraising drive -- which ends January 31 -- will match all donations, up to $25,000, to hekp fund programs at Santa Monica schools.

“We are confident this match will inspire parents, community members and local businesses to donate to the Ed Foundation," said Ellis O’Connor of MSD Partners, a longtime supporter of the Foundation.

The money raised will help Santa Monica’s students "continue to have access to essential staff and programs," O'Connor said. "Supporting public education remains one of our highest priorities.”

The donations fund programs at every Santa Monica public school that "shape our future problem solvers, visionaries, and global citizens," Foundation officials said.

"Since last July, the Ed Foundation has been soliciting donations to help fund important staff and programs like elementary instructional aides, elementary arts programs and stretch grants for each Santa Monica public school next year," officials said.

The stretch grants are used to fund programs that include STEM, arts, mental health programs, and teacher training.

"Many schools this year are using stretch grants to bolster students’ social-emotional learning, giving students the tools they need to manage stress and anxiety, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic," officials said.

Last January a $15,000 matching grant from the Miramar Hotel and MSD Partners helped raise $154,983 from 365 donors ("Miramar Match Helps Education Foundation Raise More than $150,000 for Santa Monica Schools," February 4, 2021).

“We are extremely humbled by the generosity of the Miramar Hotel and MSD Partners,” said Alison Havel, president of the Board of Directors of the Ed Foundation.

“Their long-standing, unwavering commitment to Santa Monica’s public-school students is unparalleled," Havel said.

"Despite experiencing their own turbulence through the pandemic, they stand firm in supporting our children and their education.”

The Foundation will continue fundraising for next year’s programs through June 30 with individual donations, events, and corporate and foundation giving.

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