Ready to Learn Fair
Saturday, Aug. 17 @ 9am-noon
Anacortes Middle School
For 19 years, the annual Ready to Learn Fair has served thousands of Anacortes students, Kindergarten to 12th grade, oveer the years. It is a labor of love for hundreds of volunteers, and comes together thanks to the incredible generosity of our entire community. In 2018, the one-day event served over 300 students, and once again put critical resources in the hands of our families who need assistance most.
Celebrate the Season
2018 Celebrate the Season annual Dream It Dinner was a sucess
Watch here for our early December 2019 date for our next Dream It Dinner.
Meranwhile, here is information about our 2018 edition.
ASF awards scholarships to graduating seniors, current college students and preschool families. We also support STEM initiatives, early learning and enrichment opportunities at all grade levels.
This year we are excited to "Raise the Paddle" to help make Mountain School accessible and affordable for all 5th graders. Please help us send our students to the North Cascades National Park for this incredible hands-on learning experience. Learn more about Mountain School here.
Major sponsors for this year’s “Celebrate the Season” are Shell Puget Sound Refinery, Marathon Anacortes Refinery (formerly Andeavor), Western Refinery Services, and the Port of Anacortes. Additional sponsors include Trident Seafoods, Diamond Rentals, Kiwanis Sunrisers, Fidalgo Island Rotary, T-Shirts by Design, Conrardy Design Group, Washington Tractor and Anacortes Financial Associates.
Participate in the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest.
On December 8 & 9, we open the Port's Events Center for two days of family-oriented fun. The Family Holiday Fair, part of “Celebrate the Season,” is open from noon to 4 on both days. Admission is free, thanks to the generosity of Derek Damon Orthodontics and Playhouse Dental, who are sponsoring these two days.
Volunteers are essential to bring this event to reality. Taking lead this year is Fidalgo Island Rotary Club. The club has committed to building all the sets that transform the Port of Anacortes “Event Center” into a magical winter wonderland. In addition, during the Holiday Family Fair weekend, the Rotary Club will again present their “Who-ville” experience which includes games, crafts and occasional visits by the Grinch. In addition to the Rotarians, volunteers from Anacortes Arts Festival will again decorate the event's feature tree.
Family Holiday Fair Guests will be able to enjoy some special entertainment with the Fidalgo Elementary choir at noon and Island View Soaring at 1 PM. Other activities include photos with Santa, kids games and some holiday treats. On Sunday the focus is on Gingerbread. Student and adult teams will again compete in decorating houses for prizes and bragging rights. The Gingerbread contest is being chaired by Michelle Stahl, and there are still openings in each of the two divisions. The entries will be judged by local community leaders. In addition, children of all ages will be able to decorate their own “mini-house” to take home.
Family Holiday Fair Sponsors:
Anacortes Schools Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation with 501(c)3 status. ASF was established in 1984 and benefits students at all levels with college and vocational scholarships, early learning support and STEM enrichment opportunities. All proceeds from the “Celebrate the Season” event support Anacortes School District programs.