A Video Tribute Honoring Jean Shaw

Our Gala Keynote Speaker this year is teacher Rachel Kizer.

View One of our Special Videos as part of our Online Foundation Gala

Thanks from the SWSD Admin Team

A message from Our Board…

A word from Jim Freeman

As we move forward in this time of uncertainty, we do know this:  whatever forms that teaching and learning take in the 2020-21 school year, students will be eager to learn… and we will be there to support their love of learning – with your help.

We are going ahead with our annual fundraiser, albeit this year online and by mail.

More than $33,700 was raised at last year’s Foundation Gala. That, coupled with additional donations, allowed us to fund more than $55,000 in classroom grants, professional development conferences, principals’ rapid-response funds, plus a special $1,500 grant to support online educational efforts during these stay-home/stay-safe pandemic regulations.

Donations enabled students this past year to go on-board the Lady Washington tall ship, explore the solar system via a planetarium visit, express themselves through a variety of art projects, prepare meals from vegetables they grew themselves, visit a salmon hatchery to understand the life cycle of salmon, and be introduced to local Coast Salish culture as well as countries on the other side of the globe.

We appeal to you now to make a donation by clicking the DONATE button below or by mailing a check to SWSF / PO Box 24 / Freeland, WA 98249.

Just as at our physical Gala, you will in effect be ‘raising your paddle’ to support an educational area dear to you, or where it is needed most.

Watch for videos online during the three-day fundraiser May 29-31. In addition to SWSF leadership messages, there will be a video tribute to Foundation co-founder and retired teacher Jean Shaw, a personal message from teacher Rachel Kizer, who is retiring after 45 years, plus mirthful messages from the irrepressible Jim Freeman, who has emceed our Gala for many years.

We are grateful to generous donors like you who help ignite a love of learning in young minds to benefit our community… and perhaps even humanity itself. Your donation really can be that powerful!

Comfort and courage,

Shelly Ackerman
SWSF Board President


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