360-221-1405 SWSF@whidbey.com

This year’s theme is “Changing It Up” and that’s what we’re doing with this annual fundraising event!

Picture a fabulous evening soiree… with friends gathered around firepits on the patio listening to the South Whidbey High School jazz band combo, or inside a lovely wooden structure where a bountiful selection of delicious hors-d’oeuvres are spread throughout.

Seabiscuit Bakery (formerly the Mukilteo Café) has fast become a favorite Island destination, with accolades for their delicious food. At the Gala, you’ll choose from a variety of hors-d’oeuvres such as salmon sliders on a homemade bun; BBQ pulled-pork sliders; endive leaves with feta, pomegranate, balsamic and persimmon; Goegeres pastry puffs; a bountiful charcuterie and cheese board; crudités; assorted crostini and spreads; seasonal fruits; beer, wine, cider, and alcohol-free drinks; Mukilteo Coffee Roasters coffee; and yummy desserts.

Sit indoors or outside around tabletop firepits. View videos of grants funded last year… talk with educators and principals… and meet the new school volunteer coordinator, funded in part by the Foundation.

At the end of the evening you’ll be able to ‘raise your paddle’ to support your educational areas of interest. 

Purchase your tickets now as they are limited to the first 100 people.


Click here to purchase tickets

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 have funded this past year.

Mr. Leonard Good’s Crazy, Fun Science

K-6 Fiber Arts Handwork For Coordination & Creativity

High School Shop Foundations Garden Shed

2nd Grade Rain Garden

First Grade Online Readers

SWSF 2021/22 Board members left to right: Susan Milan, Cynthia Shelton, Kim Williams, Debra McMenamy, John Riley, Shelly Ackerman, Seth Raabe, Clyde Monma, Melanie Shafaat, Meredith Macharia, Tess Patty-Caldwell. Not pictured: Jo Moccia and our newest Board member: Derek Hoshiko.

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. (During the pandemic we are meeting via Zoom online).

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 SWSF@whidbey.com for more information.


Consider leaving a legacy gift to the South Whidbey Schools Foundation that will benefit students in our community for years to come.  Check out our new Legacy Giving page by clicking here.


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Mail a donation to:

SWSF / PO Box 24 / Freeland, WA 98249

Phone: 360-221-1405

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