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oIt’s time to purchase your tickets to attend the fabulous Schools Foundation Gala Dinner on Friday, May 3. This year’s venue is Useless Bay Golf & Country Club off State Highway 525.

Last year’s event sold out, so please purchase your tickets early.

The theme of this year’s gala is “Igniting A Love of Learning” and features SW Elementary Principal Susie Richards as keynote speaker. She brings a unique perspective gained from a variety of roles over the decades as a South Whidbey Schools alumna, a parent, volunteer, teacher, SWS Foundation Board member, and principal. She will share her observations from each of these roles and how schools are addressing ever-growing educational needs.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, music from SWHS Band students, songs by the SWHS Show Choir, and recaps of the Foundation’s classroom grants.

After a sit-down dinner featuring flank steak, roasted salmon and pasta primavera, the ever-popular ‘dessert dash’ will once again be held.

SWHS teacher Justin Silva will emcee a spirited live auction, followed by a ‘raise the paddle’ to support specific academic areas. Silva was last year’s recipient of the Foundation’s Mentorship Award for Excellence in Teaching and is the Schools Foundation’s newest Board member.

This event is for everyone who wishes to help fund innovative, teacher-requested classroom grants that promote educational excellence. Tickets are $100 and include two tickets for the wine bar.

Table sponsorships are available for $700 (seating 8 people) and are a great way to show your support of our public schools. 

Corporate sponsorships at a variety of levels are also available.

We thank Heritage/Whidbey Island Bank, Convergence Business Partners, and Trinity Lutheran Church for being Falcon Level sponsors, and Lisa Leonard of Keller Williams Realty, for being a Cougar Level sponsor. We welcome others in our business community to sponsor this year’s Gala.  Falcon level sponsorship is $1,000 and higher.  Cougar level is $500.  Orca level is $250.  Rainbow level is $120.

Click below to learn more about Corporate Gala Sponsorships.

SWSF Business Sponsorship Application 2024

It’s Easy to Support SWSF

Make an online donation via Paypal:

Click on the secure link above, or, write a check today

and mail it to SWSF / PO Box 24 / Freeland, WA 98249

…Or use your cell phone’s camera to make a payment via PayPal on your phone.

Read our 2022/2023 School Year Annual Report…

Hometown Heroes, Volume 2 makes a great gift!

Learn what makes South Whidbey such a special place in this beautiful, full-color, 283-page book featuring South Whidbey’s Hometown Heroes, lovingly written about over the years by Susan Knickerbocker for the South Whidbey Record.

When you purchase the book on our website or a special event we are selling at, 100% of the proceeds benefit the South Whidbey Schools Foundation so that we can provide more classroom grant funds for innovative classroom projects and field trips that will inspire a love of lifelong learning.

Just click here to go to our order page.

View a few of the projects we funded this past year.

Pollinator Garden Project

Celebrating Milestones

Food Forest

Student-Built Garden Shed Project

This 8′ × 12′ cedar-trimmed garden shed was designed and built by students in Don Wills’ Shop Foundations class and was built with a grant from the South Whidbey Schools Foundation.

Previously funded projects…

Mr. Leonard Good’s Crazy, Fun Science

High School Shop Foundations Garden Shed

K-6 Fiber Arts Handwork Coordination & Creativity

First Grade Online Readers

Come join us! We’re looking to add members to our South Whidbey Schools Foundation Board. 

If you would like to help support our local public schools, we invite you to learn more about us. We usually meet once a month on a Saturday morning at the South Whidbey Community Center.

Board members serve three-year terms and help plan and produce two to three community outreach events a year. We laugh a lot, love being positively productive, and take satisfaction in rolling up our sleeves and getting a task done. Best of all, we make a difference in the lives of students in the South Whidbey School District.  Contact Shelly Ackerman, our Board President at [email protected] for more information.


Thank you to Whidbey Telecom for providing a discount for the Schools Foundation’s voicemail services. We appreciate the support!

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SWSF / PO Box 24 / Freeland, WA 98249

Phone: 360-221-1405

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