Teachers, bicycle education, Jazz Connection benefit from latest round of Hazel Miller Foundation grants

Thanks to the latest grant awards announced by the Edmonds-based Hazel Miller Foundation, Edmonds public schools teachers will receive support for classroom activities and supplies, school children will learn the basics of bicycle safety, and student musicians will have an opportunity to perform in the annual Jazz Connection event.

The Foundation on Friday announced its awards for the first grant cycle of 2012 that included the following:

Edmonds Public Schools Foundation has received $25,000 for the Hazel Miller Back to School Basics Program, which will connect teachers needing additional support for classroom supplies and activities with the funding they need to give their students the best academic opportunities.

Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation was awarded $7,000 to support the Basics of Bicycling youth programs that teach at-school, on-bike safety lessons to promote individual health and recreation to Edmonds Public School students.

Rotary Club of Edmonds, Daybreakers Foundation has received a repeat grant of $5,000 to support Edmonds Jazz Connection, a free public event featuring musicians from the Edmonds School District and Edmonds Community College. The Jazz Connection is held annually during Memorial Day Weekend in downtown Edmonds. Supported entirely by donations, proceeds of this event benefit a variety of youth-focused efforts including music scholarships for high school seniors, instruments for disadvantaged youth, and student travel to music competitions.

The Hazel Miller Foundation is dedicated to serving the citizens of Edmonds and South Snohomish County through programs and projects that serve the public’s benefit. The Foundation will continue to review grants in the areas of education and youth services, poverty alleviation and hunger, civic and community services and amenities, the environment, and culture and the arts, so that charities most in need will grow in their contribution in the region. Hazel and her husband, Morris Miller, were committed members of the Edmonds community.

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