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Posted: October 7, 2010

APS Mid-School Arts Get $26,000 from Larry H. Miller

Money to Help Buy Supplies for Art Classes at Title I Schools

J.R. Malouff, regional performance manager for the Larry J. Miller auto group in New Mexico, presents a check for $26,400 to Janet Kahn, instructional manager for APS Fine Arts.

Middle School arts students will be able to put the color back into their classrooms thanks to a $26,000 grant from the Larry H. Miller Foundation to the Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation.

The Larry H. Miller Foundation announced the grant at a news conference on Monday, Oct. 11, at American Toyota. The money will help support the Middle School Art Supply Fund and will allow art teachers at the district’s Title I schools to buy much-needed consumables like paint, clay and other materials that will broaden the students’ ability to hone their skills.

“The Larry H. Miller Foundation has been a wonderful partner for the Foundation and the district, and I’m proud to help recognize their commitment to kids in Albuquerque,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “Middle schools are critical to improving education in the city, and this grant will allow APS teachers to keep kids engaged and creative.”

Art supply budgets have been extremely tight for years, according to Janet Kahn, APS Fine Arts instructional manager. “A well-rounded program, one that includes a variety of mediums, is key to offering students more options as they begin moving toward high school,” she said.

The Larry H. Miller Foundation grant is part of the APS Education Foundation’s Horizon Campaign, which raises money for fine arts, middle/high School activities, classroom teacher grants and literacy projects. To date, the Horizon Campaign has raised more than $600,000.

Through Larry H. Miller Charities, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, along with their New Mexico automotive dealers, American Toyota, Karl Malone Toyota, Southwest Hyundai, Larry Miller Hyundai, and Larry H Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge give back to communities by focusing united service and corporate giving on children’s issues with an emphasis on health and education.