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Santa Monica Education Foundation Receives Anonymous $50,000 Matching Grant

 

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December 10, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation launched a fundraising drive Monday to match an anonymous $50,000 grant to fund programs in Santa Monica schools, Foundation officials announced.

The donor will match all donations to the Ed Foundation dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, between December 10 and 31, officials said.

“We are grateful to this extremely generous family for offering such an incredible opportunity for our school community,” said Linda Greenberg, the Foundation's executive director.

“The dollars raised by this match will directly fund programs in Santa Monica classrooms next year."

The donations will "allow students to expand their creativity in the arts, innovate in STEM classes, and experience the well-rounded education we all want for our students,” Greenberg said.

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The donation comes two months after the Foundation raised more than $200,000 in one week during Pledge Days ("Education Foundation Raises More than $200,000 During Pledge Days," October 4, 2018).

The drive was spurred by a matching gift of $50,000 from OneWest Bank and Santa Monica Place/Macerich that inspired 351 donors to give a total of $205,503 between September 23 and 29, officials said.

All money raised by the Foundation funds personnel, programs and professional development at Santa Monica public schools.

Among the programs funded are Project Lead the Way, a four-year engineering course at Santa Monica High School.

The project's fourth year students took 1st place at the 2018 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Invention Challenge Los Angeles Regional Competition, beating 50 teams.

The team is now advancing to the competition finals, Foundation officials said.

The funds raised also support 5th grade ballroom dance classes, which teaches students waltz, tango and other popular dances, "while gaining poise, self-esteem, social skills and respect for their fellow dancers," Foundation officials said.

For more information or to make a donation to support Santa Monica students, go to smedfoundation.org.

 


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