Ready to Learn Fair

2018 Ready to Learn Fair is History

For 18 years, the Ready to Learn Fair has served thousands of Anacortes students, Kindergarten to 12th grade. 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. 

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Fueling Education 5k Fun Run & Walk presented by Shell

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 @ 10am. Washington Park

The 2018 Fueling Education Fun Run & Walk, sponsored by Shell Puget Sound Refinery and benefitting Anacortes Schools Foundation is set for 10 AM on Sunday, September 16, 2018. This all-ages family event which brings together local industry and businesses, our city, the chamber of commerce and Anacortes Schools, to make it truly a community event. Dogs and strollers are welcome. Again the event will be held at Washington Park.

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Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season annual Dream It Dinner on December 1.

Tickets are now available for our popular annual fundraiser, the Dream It Dinner & Auction set in a winter wonderland at the Port of Anacortes Event Center. The evening will feature a delicious dinner catered by Gere-a-Deli, and a lively auction. Doors will open at 6:00 PM with dinner at 7:00 PM, followed by the auction. Just $75 gets you into the dinner and offers you an opportunity to support the Anacortes Schools Foundation and all our school kids.

PURCHASE TICKETS  Can't make it, but want to help? DONATE HERE 

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.

2018 gingerbreadFamily Holiday Fair features Gingerbread Contest

Participate in the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest.

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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: 

derek damon ortho  playhouse dental logo

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.