Camano Schoolhouse Foundation

Project

Restore the Camano City Schoolhouse Bell Tower

Mission

To enrich the lives of Camano Island residents and visitors by preserving a 1906 one-room schoolhouse and vintage Fire Hall, to exhibit Camano Island history while providing a vibrant gathering place for educational, entertainment, and cultural activities for future generations.

Description of Services

While preserving this historic building is important in its own right, the Schoolhouse has become a vibrant community-gathering place where educational classes of all kinds are held. Our motto is “The Old School is now the New School.” In addition, we have emergency preparedness classes and training, art shows, musical performances, and special events such as the Annual Schoolhouse and Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Concert. Furthermore, exhibiting Camano Island’s history is an important part of the services provided, including tours by elementary school students. In 2019, thirty (30) classes and events were held at the Schoolhouse.

One of the goals of our 2016-2020 Schoolhouse Strategic Plan was to develop a map of historic sites on Camano Island, a dream of Jim Turk, our founder. In July 2017, he called a meeting of local historic site organizations to develop a map for use by residents and visitors to Camano Island. At that initial meeting, eleven (11) representatives of local historic sites were present. From that meeting, the idea for a map and a tour the following year was recommended. One member wrote a grant to Island County for a tourism grant of $5,000 to pay for the publication of the brochure and tour expenses. Another member created a brochure with a map of historic sites with photographs of each.  From that initial collaboration, the Stanwood Camano Historic Sites Tour has evolved into a virtual tour in 2020 at www.HistoricSitesTour.com involving fifteen sites due to the COVID-19 virus.

Camano Schoolhouse Foundation
993 Orchid Road
Camano Island, WA 98282

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1113
Stanwood, WA 98292

(360) 387-4598

www.camanoschoolhouse.com
www.facebook.com/CamanoSchoolhouseFoundation