Friends of Chinook School

About Us
The Project
Rent the Event Center

Your Membership
Your Membership and Donations are what makes this project happen.

July 4th
3rd Annual Children's Fourth of July Sidewalk Parade (see article)

June 15 FOCS Annual Meeting 7pm
To be held in the Chinook School Event Center. Election of board members and annual updates by officers. Members invited to attend.

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.”
Long Awaited Entrance Complete!

Much planning went into the design and construction of entrances that look much like the originals of the 1924 Chinook School building. The project team made up of Architect David Jensen, Project Manager Corky Wilson and FOCS members worked overtime on this phase of the Chinook School restoration project. B.T. Wilson Construction of Chinook installed the wood/ windows and Glasco of Seaside installed the anodized aluminum doors.

Interior work starts soon with plumbing rough-in, insulation, a ductless HVAC system and sheet rock. All work will be completed by year end.

The Port of Chinook and Friends of Chinook School are anxiously awaiting final word on the funding of their Heritage Capital Project request which will allow for additional interior improvements.

The bottom line is this: if the Washington State Heritage Capital Project Grant is awarded, Friends of Chinook School continues to successfully fundraise, and the public continues to support the project with cash and in-kind donations, the school will be ready for occupancy in 2017!

Working together, we can cause these new doors to OPEN! Please do what you can to help us reach this goal. Membership

Third Annual 4th of July Sidewalk Parade

Chinook's celebration season is nearly here. We are getting ready for the third annual 4th of July Children's Sidewalk Parade.

Parade registration begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Chinook School Event Center. The parade will begin at 10:15. Marchers will proceed up Highway 101 from the Event Center to the fireworks tent at the port parking lot and back. Marchers, friends and neighbors will be ready for hot dogs, chips and lemonade at the Event Center when the parade ends.

This year there is an additional opportunity for community celebration. Parade participants and observers are invited to bring an item of shelf-stable food to help supply the Chinook Food Bank. Collection barrels will be available at the Event Center. It would be especially meaningful to receive donations of children's favorite foods thereby involving our youngest citizens in the food collection. Let the celebration begin.
Fred Meyer Community Reward For Food Bank

Fred Meyer has qualified FOCS for their community rewardsprogram.

Sign up by linking your Fred Meyer reward card to Friends of Chinook School Food Bank at Fred Meyers or by calling 866-518-2686. You still receive your fuel and other rewards. This is just a bonus for the food bank.

The Food Bank is in its fourth year of service.