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Foundation helps keep music education off the chopping block

Eureka Schools Foundation launches memorial fund to support music education
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The Eureka Schools Foundation board of directors believes music is an important component of a well-rounded education. The nonprofit organization raises funds to support enrichment programs in the Eureka Union School District such as music education, band and choir — programs that might otherwise be on the chopping block. The foundation will once again contribute to the local school district through the creation of a memorial fund to support music education in honor of the late Marjorie Lue “Marge” Hayes. The foundation’s board of directors voted in favor of this fund at its meeting in August. “Thanks to ESF, the EUSD is one of just a handful of districts in the area that is able to continue to offer a comprehensive music education program and we are thrilled that Mrs. Hayes’ family wants to honor her in this way,” said President Renee Nash. Hayes passed away in Roseville in June after a battle with cancer. She devoted more than 40 years to the Eureka Union School District, working as a 3rd grade teacher. During her retirement, she spent another 10 years as a substitute teacher. Her husband John, who predeceased her, was a long-time music teacher in the district. Hayes loved music and theater and regularly played the piano, according to her family, who originally asked the foundation to establish this fund in honor of Hayes. “Mrs. Hayes’ love for music and passion for teaching came through every day,” said Trevor Sanders, a former student and now a local business owner, in a press release. “Eureka School District’s great success in music is largely attributable to Mrs. Hayes for the time she spent on the program and the passion she had for teaching.” The Eureka Schools Foundation raises money through partnerships with parents and the local business community. In May, the foundation donated more than $500,000 to the district for the 2010-11 school year. Besides supporting music education, the money will also fund libraries, computer technology, foreign language, athletics and professional-training opportunities for teachers. ~Sena Christian ---------- To make a tax-deductible donation to the Marjorie Hayes Memorial Music Fund, send a check payable to ESF at P.O. Box 2444, Granite Bay, Calif. 95746. Note on the legend that the money supports the fund. For more information, visit www.eurekaschoolsfoundation.org.