Friends of Chinook School

About Us
The Project
Rent the Event Center


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.”
Get Your 2015 Calendar!

Happy 2015! Because all friends of Chinook School know that businesses and individuals throughout the peninsula offer the best of the best, we are once again able to offer our 2015 Calendar to the community.This year's theme is 'The Beauty and Bounty of our Peninsula'. In celebration of our Tenth Annual Oktoberfest, we will offer this calendar for just $10.00. Calendars are available at The Chinook Inn, Chinook Country Store, M&D Designs, and All Season's Kidstuff. Be sure to support our continuing fundraising efforts as you enjoy beautiful peninsula photographs by local photographer, Alice Schuerman.

Shakespeare Workshop Participants 2014
Shakespeare Workshops Session 2014
New Board Members
We are pleased to announce the addition of three new board members! Join us in welcoming Jon Krager, Anna Lee Larimore and Kathy Hughes to the FOCS Board of Directors!

Windows restored by Kevin Palo, Ten Mile Restoration, are now in place and new windows will be installed by the time Oktoberfest is celebrated! Soon to follow will be new entrance doors and side windows. Also this fall, Chinook School will be rewired. Starting in 2015 more improvements are in the works: plumbing will be roughed-in, insulation will be installed, a heating system will be operational and sheetrock will replace the failing plastered walls. All this work has been funded by FOCS memberships, fundraising, donations, and grants.

And now, as promised in our last newsletter, there’s even more great news!

The Washington State Heritage Capital Projects Advisory Committee has approved and recommended that a grant application submitted by the Port of Chinook/Friends of Chinook School be included in the next state budget request for heritage projects in the State of Washington. An award from this fund would be used for completion of bathrooms and plumbing, alarm system, floor refinishing, and the purchase and installation of an ADA lift. The Legislature has been very supportive of Heritage Capital Projects over the years but your support is important to encourage continued funding of heritage projects throughout the state. If all goes well, funds will be available in 2016.

The Templin Foundation has been a strong supporter of the restoration of the Historic Chinook School property. Early grants from Templin helped us save the buildings and a recent grant from Templin allowed us to increase our grant request to the State of Washington to help complete the restoration of the school building. We, like so many beneficiaries, say, “Thank you”.

The Chinook School Restoration Project still needs your help and support.
Congratulations to all who have helped get the project to this point but remember,