The Dr. Rita Hazen Education Foundation was the project of Dr. Rita Hazen, teacher and administrator of the Ellwood City Area School District. She organized the Ellwood City Education Foundation in 1998, which after her passing in 2006, was renamed the Dr. Rita Hazen Education Foundation, to provide students in the District with as many educational opportunities as possible. The Foundation funds innovative teaching and learning experiences for students in the District. The activity should benefit as many students as possible, enhance the curriculum, be of educational value, and not generally be funded by the District or PTO.
Grants have included educational and cultural field trips, visiting poets, musicians, artist and story tellers, purchases of software and technology products, to name a few. The Foundation is funded by grants, Ellwood City United Fund, teachers’ payroll deductions, corporate and individual contributions and memorial contributions. Contributions may be sent to The Dr. Rita Hazen Education Foundation in c/o Karen Williams, 624 Squaw Run Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117. Grant requests and communications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible.
The Board of Trustees include Greg Fox, Kevin McElwain, Andrea Houk, Karen Williams and Beth Wyszomierski.