Category Archive: Latest News Blog

Jan 27

Salmon in the Classroom Project is adopted by HHR&GC

Thanks to Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club for adopting the “Salmon in the Classroom” project at the SW Elementary School. Steve Mooney of the HHR&GC presented 5th grade teacher John LaVassar with a $1,200 check while fellow teacher Bruce Callahan, student classroom salmon ambassador Macie Vandewerfhorst, and SWSF Board members Chris Gibson, Bob Wiley …

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Jan 18

Teaching compassion, leadership, organization, and perseverance

Several teacher-requested classroom grant proposals involve amounts less than $500, yet result in amazing gains for students. Such was the case of a classroom afghan project last year by Pamela Muncey’s fifth-grade class. Here is a description of the project which the Foundation funded for $150 in her own words: “This was a wonderful and …

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Dec 17

Be a Santa to South Whidbey’s students…

Thanks to Mary and Steve Boyd for adopting one of our South Whidbey Classroom grants. The donation will be used to purchase noise-canceling headphones for 26 first graders of teacher Michelle Zisette — which will enable them to focus better on specific tasks. Would you like to give a gift to our community’s public school students? …

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Dec 17

Read our 2016 Annual Report/Update online!

Didn’t get a copy of South Whidbey Schools Foundation’s Annual Report/Update? Don’t fret. You can read it online! 2016 SWSF Annual Report – Click on the fullscreen button on the lower right. Or, click here for the PDF of the 2016 Annual Report. After you see what the Foundation funds, please consider a year-end tax …

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Nov 10

Schools Foundation Distributes Nearly $20,000 in Classroom Grants to District Teachers

Jean Shaw of the South Whidbey Schools Foundation and local “Conductor of Fun” Jim Freeman paid surprise visits to local classrooms on Nov. 9. With balloons in hand, a top hat, feather boa and crown, they distributed grant letters totaling nearly $20,000 to 11 teachers for 13 classroom project requests. Grant awards ranged from $439 …

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Oct 01

Dine Out Wednesdays in October

It’s BACK! October is ‘Dine Out Wednesdays for South Whidbey Schools’. When you dine at participating restaurants, a portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the South Whidbey Schools Foundation for innovative teacher-requested classroom grants. Every Wednesday during October, when you eat at or order take-out from Neil’s Clover Patch Café, Patron Mexican …

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Sep 01

Nine Teachers Receive Stipends from Schools Foundation

Nine South Whidbey School District teachers were presented with $200 classroom stipends at the September 1 teacher and staff assembly in preparation for the new school year. The recipients are either new to the district, or have been given a new classroom assignment. “We wanted to welcome and support the new teachers, as well as …

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Aug 25

Teachers: Get a Jump and Submit Your 2016/17 Grant Now

The 2016/17 SWSF Classroom Grant Application is now available for consideration. Download the Word document now and start outline a proposal for the Foundation to consider in October. Grant application 2016-17

Aug 02

Breeze and Davis receive Extra Mile and Mentorship Awards

The South Whidbey Schools Foundation awarded two teachers for their efforts during the 2015-16 school year. Speech language pathologist Becky Breeze, a member of the special education departments at both the elementary and middle schools, and South Whidbey High School math teacher Andy Davis were the recipients of the Extra Mile and Mentorship awards, respectively. …

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May 30

More than $15,000 raised by annual dinner gala

More than $15,000 for classroom grants was raised at this year’s South Whidbey Schools Foundation annual dinner and auction gala held May 21. According to Foundation Treasurer John Riley, it was one of the most profitable fundraisers in the nonprofit’s 20-year history, over which time it has provided more than $225,000 to fund teacher-requested classroom …

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