Mar 02

Dine Out Wednesdays in March to Support The Schools Foundation

It’s Back! The South Whidbey Schools Foundation’s popular Dine Out Wednesdays for SW Schools!

Each Wednesday, during the entire month of March, when you eat at or order take-out from Freeland Café, Patron Mexican Restaurant, Hong Kong Gardens, El Corral Mexican Restaurant, Glass Alley Café, and Charmers Bistro, you’ll be helping to support the Foundation’s classroom grants program!

This is an easy way for people to help fund the classroom grants which our local teachers request to enhance the education of our children. We thank all the participating restaurants for making local educational support a priority.

 

 

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Jan 23

SAVE THE DATE: May 16 for the 2015 SWSF Gala Dinner

Mark your calendars for this year’s annual SWSF Gala Dinner at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club.

Come and enjoy a fine dinner, meet students and teachers who benefited from the Foundation’s classroom grants, and have a fun time full of entertainment and a lively after-dinner auction.

 

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Jan 30

Your donations at work…

Tuesday’s 7th grade marine science field trip to the Langley Marina was made possible by a classroom grant from the South Whidbey Schools Foundation. Teachers and Whidbey Watershed Stewards showed students how to conduct several water measurements, identify marine organisms, and discussed how they relate to the health of our local marine ecosystem.

Dec 18

Our Annual Report Recaps the 2013/14 School Year Grants

You can read the new SWSF Annual Report recapping the Foundation’s work during the 2013/14 school year, plus a list of 2015 classroom grants.

Nov 25

Thank you for a great Talent Show

SWSF Board members Jean Shaw and Tom Walker did an outstanding job producing this year’s SWSF Talent Show Fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended. Get well wishes go to Jim Freeman who was feeling under the weather and unable to emcee. Jean Shaw did a great job in filling in.

Here are some highlights from this year’s show.

Nov 15

Your invitation to buy tickets for our Nov. 23 Talent Show

The Rural Characters invite you to the South Whidbey Schools Foundation’s awesome Talent Show fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 23.

  • Jim Freeman will serve as emcee for this great lineup of local talent:

The Rural Characters
The SWHS Jazz Trio
The LMS Jazz Combo
The SWHS Show Choir under the direction of Paula Ludtke
Kim Morris & Kent Ratekin
Jeff Greene on piano
SWSD staff and students
SWSF board members
Latest Addition: Danny Ward

Nov 03

Schools Foundation Awards $23,550 in Classroom Grants

Chris Gibson and Jo Moccia for webSouth Whidbey Schools Foundation announced $23,550 for innovative teaching grants October 30 to be used for this school year.

“Of 26 grant application submitted by South Whidbey School District educators, the Foundation was able to fully fund 15 projects, partially fund five projects, and found alternative funding for 4 more projects,”” said Foundation president Chris Gibson.

Grants were made for history, art, science, technology, engineering, math, music, language arts and special education.  This year’s funded projects include salmon rearing and various art projects to the elementary school, robotics and oceanography programs at the middle school, music, art and STEM programs at the South Whidbey Academy, and a professional development program at the high school.

Some of the projects funded this year have received past Foundation support, such as bringing in professional musicians to work with the middle school orchestra and jazz band, sponsoring field trips to South Whidbey State Park, and helping fund the School District’s Garden Program.

The bulk of the funds came from a spring Gala dinner and auction, the recent “Dine Out Wednesdays for SW Schools” program, a pre-paid gift card program, and the Foundation’s end-of-year community donation appeal.

“But for the generosity of the South Whidbey community and Foundation supporters, none of these projects would have been possible. It has been another amazing year of fundraising,” said Gibson.

The Foundation’s October ‘Dine Out Wednesdays’ program involved 8 local restaurants pledging a percentage of Wednesday profits to the Foundation.  “It has been wonderfully successful for both the Foundation and the restaurants,” Gibson said.

The “Shop with Scrip” gift card program is seeing steady growth, and we’re hopeful that it, along with our website’s Amazon Smile link will take off as the holiday season approaches,” Gibson added.

Nov 03

SWSF Talent Show Fundraiser at WICA Nov 23 at 4 p.m.

Buy your tickets now for the Talent Show on Sunday, Nov. 23.

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Enjoy a fundraising show with some of the most talented folks in our community. Jim Freeman and Jean Shaw will host the Talent Show. All proceeds go to support grants for classroom programs and projects in the South Whidbey Public School District.

Sep 17

Three Events Planned to Raise Money for Classroom Grants

Four local restaurants are hosting a Friday Night Dine In or Out on September 26 to support the South Whidbey Schools Foundation in their goal to raise more than $25,000 this year for teacher-requested classroom grants.  Prima Bistro, Patron Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Langley, and Joe’s Wood-Fired Pizza will all donate a portion of the day’s receipts to the Foundation. Take-out is also included in the event.

This event will be followed by the return of the Foundation’s popular Dine Out Wednesdays for SW Schools which will run each Wednesday, the entire month of October. Participating restaurants for this event include Freeland Café, Patron Mexican Restaurant, Mukilteo Coffee Roasters Café in the WoodsHong Kong Gardens, Mo’s Pub & Eatery, Joe’s Wood-Fired Pizza, and Cafe Langley. Take-out also counts toward the donation. Additional participating restaurants will be listed here on the Foundation’s website and on the Foundation’s Facebook page as they join.

“We had good participation in last winter’s Dine-Out program,” said Jean Shaw, the Foundation’s community liaison. “This is an easy way for people to help fund the classroom grants which our local teachers request to enhance the education of our children,” she said. “We thank all the participating restaurants for making local educational support a priority,” she added.

Also in the works: a Schools Foundation Talent Show at WICA on Sunday, November 23 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. with a lineup of some of the most talented folks in our community. Jim Freeman and Jean Shaw will host the show. All proceeds go to support grants for classroom programs and projects in the South Whidbey Public School District.

Last year the foundation distributed more than $21,400 for 20 classroom projects, and has given more than $175,000 since it was founded in 1994.

Jun 27

How our new, easy fundraising program works

Several people have asked how the South Whidbey Schools Foundation’s new fundraising program works, and we think that this video does a great job in explaining it.

Take a couple minutes and learn how you can contribute up to $500 or more each year without actually spending any more money than you do today, simply by using pre-purchased gift cards through our program.

The rebates that the Schools Foundation receives from retailers can range from 1% to 11% of the face value of their card to the non-profit.

If we had 30 or 40 families use this program for much of their monthly purchases, we could double the number of classroom projects we are able to fund each year in our local schools.

 

Here’s our easy PDF order form if you prefer to order by mailing in the form with a check.

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