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810 Highway 101. The school is 4 miles going west from the Astoria-Megler Bridge, and 6 miles going south from Ilwaco. Turn onto Evelyn Road for more parking.
Chinook School Event Center
A Little About Us:
The Friends of Chinook School was founded in 2002 by local residents with a guiding vision ot save and restore the historic 1921 gymnasium, the 1924 Chinook grade school and playing fields. Friends of Chinook School is a non-profit 501(c)(3).
The mission of the Friends of the Chinook School: “To refurbish and utilize the historic Chinook School for the cultural, educational, social, economic and recreational benefit of the community.”
Chinook Food Bank
Food Bank Spotlight Ilwaco Jr./Sr. High School sophomore, and Chinook resident, Rachel Atkinson. Rachel put together a bulletin board that clients with very useful information, lined the fresh produce bins with contact paper, stocked and re-stocked shelves, distributed food to clients, cleaned and organized. Rachel’s enthusiasm and dedication while volunteering was remarkable!
FOCS is celebrating the beginning of year three helping to address food needs on the peninsula. Together with food banks in Ilwaco and Ocean Park, the Chinook Food Bank helps to keep hunger at bay for families struggling to make ends meet. CFB is open two days a month providing service on the first and third Wednesdays of the month (10:00-1:00) while the food bank in Ilwaco is open the second and fourth Fridays (11:00-2:00). Therefore, people can access available foods once a week
between the two facilities. Ocean Park Food Bank is staffed Tuesday-Friday each week (10:00-3:00). For each of the food banks, the only information required is the client's name, address and number of people in the household. Supplies continue to come from a monthly delivery from Northwest Harvest and are supplemented by donations both food and monetary. With donated money, volunteer Tammy Engel shops for needed items and watches for special sales and coupons offered at food markets throughout the area. Bread products at sale prices are occasionally available from Franz Bakery Outlet in Astoria. Canned goods of all sorts remain hard to come by and CFB always welcomes canned donations as well as ready-toeat foods for those clients who may lack refrigerators and/or stoves. We also try to supply bonus stocks of personal careitems such as soap, shampoo, diapers and detergents. Being able to access these items leaves more money in the client's supermarket budget for food. All donations are most welcome and can be dropped off at Highway 101 businesses Chinook Country Store and All Seasons Kids Stuff, or at the Pacific County Department of Community Development office (7:30- 4:00) located at 7013 Sandridge Rd. in Long Beach. The Chinook Food Bank offers many opportunities for volunteering in the community. Working to lessen hunger is a great way to give back for all the benefits we enjoy. Volunteers may work during the hours of service helping clients choose foods we offer. There is also a great opportunity one Tuesday a month as volunteers meet to unload the delivery truck and organize the new supplies. There are shopping trips to complete, bread to pick up, and occasional cleaning and organizing to be done. If you think there is a niche for you to help out at CFB, please call or text Tammy Engel at 244-2448
Opportunities for YOU
We are ten years into the hard but gratifying work of restoring Chinook's valuable property historically
known as Chinook School. The gymnasium has been completely renewed and is being widely and happily used by many diverse groups. It is known as the Event Center. Serious work continues on the school
building which will soon stand proudly renovated as the Community Building. Wow! Imagine celebrating our
tenth year as a working non-profit entity!
The Chinook School property is owned by the Port of Chinook and
leased by the Friends of Chinook School. Both entities work to obtain construction grants. It is the
responsibility of FOCS to maintain and operate the facility and to fundraise.
Over the years many people
have joined the Friends and the excitement of supporting such a remarkable effort. All it takes is $10 to
become a member for an individual or for the whole family. $10 makes sure you will continue to receive our
newsletters, become (or remain) a voting member and share in the pride of helping us toward our goal of completing a beautifully renovated community building.
In addition to seeking new members for Friends of Chinook School, we would like to remind readers that
there are many opportunities to join volunteers as they work on property upkeep, food bank duties, creating
another spectacular Oktoberfest or Shakespeare Event, or helping with Chinook Sidewalk Parade on the
Fourth of July. If one of these areas interests you, call any board member to volunteer. At this time we have
a specific need for volunteers willing to take a shift to do weed-eating of the property during growing season.
If you can help with this volunteer slot, please call Ron Saalborn at 360-907-4207. Thank you for your continued interest and support. We look forward to working with you on future projects.
The Friends of Chinook School 2014 ANNUAL MEETING will be held on Monday, July 21st at 7 PM in the Event Center. This meeting is held for the election of board members and annual update by officers. A reminder notice will be posted in the Chinook Post Office and in the Chinook Observer. Refreshments will be served.
We would like to scan & print your photos of the school to aid in the restoration and to display. Pleas call Jill Wirkkala at 360-244-1414. The original photos will be returned as soon as possible.