December 1, 2016
Dear Supporting Friend of Camano Schoolhouse ,
Amazing things have happened this year at Camano City Schoolhouse. As reported in the Stanwood Camano News, our long-lost schoolhouse bell was returned. Then a nearby resident uncovered a little-known 1912 photograph of our schoolhouse with its original bell tower. Days later we received a donation that ignited a Capital Campaign challenge. Our volunteers were then inspired to reveal the schoolhouse’s preserved wood floors and eleven original blackboards around its walls. Our schoolhouse is ringing with excitement.
We want you to be a part of it!
Our plans to restore the schoolhouse to its 1906 splendor does cause one concern. Our classes and programs will be infrequent in 2017. Yet, expenses will continue. Hopefully, on January 1, 2018, construction will be completed and we will be up and running classes. (Check out our Strategic Plan for a list of our classes at www.CamanoSchoolhouse.org.) For now we need to cover expenses for 2017.
It costs approximately $1,000 per month to operate and maintain the Schoolhouse. So, in this time of need, we reach out to our friends and past donors with an Adopt-A-Month Program to cover the upcoming monthly expenses. We already have our first donor of $1000.00, who agreed to adopt the coldest month, January, 2017. We hope that you will help to keep that momentum going. We need to cover expenses for 11 more months, i.e. February through December 2017.
Any and every donation for operating expenses helps. In particular though, we are hoping to encourage group donations (equaling $1000.00) or individual donations of $1000.00. Either way, these important and necessary adopters-of-a-month will be honored with the name of the group or individual honoree appearing on a plaque inside of the Schoolhouse. The adopters will also be recognized on our website. This donation will allow the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation (a 501(c)(3) corporation) to remain solvent while we restore Camano’s only operating one-room schoolhouse as a new cultural and education center for our community.
We are happy to discuss this essential program with you. Hopefully, you will have time to drop by the Schoolhouse on December 10, 2016 for our candlelight concert with Heartstrings from 4-7 p.m. Come celebrate the holidays with us as we enjoy the effort of bringing this cultural and educational center back to life for all of the residents and visitors of Camano Island.
Thank you for your support!
Jim Turk, President Tracy Gilroy, Vice President Chuck Durland, Treasurer Becky Bogard, Secretary
Don Hopkins, Member at Large Tami Douglass, Member at Large Doug Cole, Member at Large