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Hazel Miller Foundation approves grants

Grantees include Meadowdale High School, Cascadia, Sound Salmon Solutions


Last updated 9/9/2021 at 4:47pm

Hazel Miller Foundation

The Hazel Miller Foundation board of directors have approved 10 grants to continue their efforts in enhancing youth engagement, celebrating the benefits of the arts, and alleviating poverty.

Cascadia Art Museum received a grant that will support the continued celebration of mid-19th to mid-20th century art of the Pacific Northwest. These art pieces represent inclusivity, equitability, and expression of the entire population within the Greater Edmonds community. $25,000.

Sound Salmon Solutions has been granted to support their ongoing efforts to preserve the future of salmon through education, habitat restoration, and stewardship programming. They were founded in 1990 when the local Chinook salmon population was listed on the federally Endangered Species List. Over the past year alone, they released 76,000 Coho salmon into the Lake Washington Watershed. $20,000.

Meadowdale High School plans to purchase new robes for the high school choir with the grant from the Foundation. As choir robes have previously been purchased by the students individually, this funding will help create a more accessible and equitable environment within the choir. $6,162.

The Teachers of Color Foundation has received a grant to support their continual efforts in creating a more equitable education system within the Edmonds School District. As of 2021, the student population within the ESD is 52% students of color and the teacher population in 12% teachers of color.

The primary mission for the TOC Foundation to have teachers better reflect the student population. This grant will provide scholarships for applicable paraeducators of color who want to pursue their teaching certificate.

The paraeducators who receive these scholarships are then required to teach in the district for three years upon completion of their certificate. $60,000.

Cascade Bicycle Club will focus its grant from Hazel Miller on their Let's Go Edmonds youth program. This program provides teachers across 20 Edmonds elementary school, four middle schools, and one K-8 school with resources to teach and encourage their students to practice bicycle road rules and safety. $15,000.

The Seattle Repertory Theatre will focus the grant they received on supporting Youth Engagement Programs offered to high school and middle school students within Edmonds and Snohomish County. These programs include Black is the Light, Student Matinee and Residency program, Next Narrative Monologue Competition, and other online programs. $6,000

Birthday Dreams will concentrate their grant from the Foundation on their Birthday-in-a-Box program which provides an entire birthday celebration in a box for children (1-18 years of age) affected by homelessness.

The birthday boxes include all things needed for a themed party, birthday cake/cupcakes, a gift for the child and more – this program allows room for socialization, positive engagements with other children, and teaches how to celebrate and uplift peers.

Through the celebrations children are also able to recognize their self-worth, establish hopes for the future, and remind them that they are a valued part of the community. $2,500

Christmas House received a Hazel Miller grant to focus on their Christmas Toys for Children program. This program provides the opportunity for low-income families to select holiday gifts for their children (infant-18 years of age).

Serving over 44,503 gifts to 7,025 children over the course of 2019 (2020 distributions were heavily reduced/affected due to the pandemic). $6,000.

Foster Hearts will use their grant to maintain their Care Kit Program which was designed to serve children entering the foster care system within Edmonds and South Snohomish County.

The program provides backpacks, duffle bags, or diaper bags filled with comforting items (stuffed animals, toys, etc.), essentials (toothbrushes, pajamas, etc.) with the intent to prevent the use of trash bags and pillowcases while already going through the hard transition into new foster homes. $4,000.

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center established in 1976, received a grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation to continue their mission to help individuals with disabilities establish skills to maintain their independency, improve daily functionality, and hopefully overcome physical and emotional health challenges. This grant will help reduce costs for families within the Edmonds School District. $6,000.

The Hazel Miller Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the citizens of Edmonds and south Snohomish County.

Info: http://www.hazelmillerfoundation.org.


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