The Santa Monica Education Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has secured a $25,000 matching gift from the Miramar Hotel and MSD Partners. The long-time supporters of the Ed Foundation will match all donations, up to $25,000, from January 20 to 31, 2022.

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

The Ed Foundation’s annual parent campaign will end on January 31. 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. These stretch grants are used to fund programs like 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.

“We are honored to continue supporting such a vital organization in our community, one that supports so many students,” said Ellis O’Connor of MSD Partners. “We are confident this match will inspire parents, community members and local businesses to donate to the Ed Foundation so that Santa Monica’s students continue to have access to essential staff and programs. Supporting public education remains one of our highest priorities.”

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

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

Submitted by Linda Greenberg, SMEF Executive Director