Sequim High School students explore music lessons in a Sequim Education Foundation-funded High School Music Lab in 2019-2020. (Submitted photo)

Sequim High School students explore music lessons in a Sequim Education Foundation-funded High School Music Lab in 2019-2020. (Submitted photo)

Sequim Education Foundation sets silent auction fundraiser

Foundation celebrates 20 years of funding programs

SEQUIM — To commemorate two decades of supporting local school students and educators — and to help fund more of their projects in the future — the Sequim Education Foundation is hosting a virtual silent auction on April 30-May 2.

All proceeds will benefit the Sequim Education Foundation (SEF) and the organization’s teaching grant program that helps educators provide creative solutions to their classroom needs.

For a link to the auction, go to or

SEF executive director Merissa Koller Williams said the organization weathered the COVID-19 shutdown fairly well and that it remains committed to helping teachers and students.

“It’s been a tough year in the sense of instability in the district (and) not really knowing how we can help,” she said.

“Largely, we’re trying to be a pillar for students and staff,” she said, and that means continuing to fund SEF’s annual teacher grants and scholarships.

“What students and staff really need from us right now is to be there right something they can count on.”

Among others, SEF’s auction items include:

• One-week stay as a lighthouse keeper at the New Dungeness Light Station.

• A $500 gift certificate to Sanctuary Day Spa.

• Portable pickleball set from Composite Recycling Technology Center.

• Paint and Sip Event with BZ Zabora.

• Eighteen bottles of wine from Wind Rose Cellars.

• Guided canoe trip on the Dungeness River with John Bridge.

• Authentic Latin meal by Anita Benitez.

• Handcrafted flute by Dave Toman.

• Oil change, car detailing from Price Ford.

• One-night stay at John Wayne Marina.

• Four handyman services hours from No Job Too Small.

SEF was founded in 2001 to address the financial gap between state funding and the needs of Sequim School District. The foundation’s goal, representatives said, is “to promote local support of education, as strong public schools are critical to a thriving, successful community.”

Foundation representatives partner with Sequim School District to identify needs, set goals and measure progress, and partner with parents, interested citizens, civic and religious organizations and businesses by offering opportunities to be involved as well as funding support educational programs.

The foundation seeks to fund programs and events that promote post-secondary education and career readiness for students.

Since 2001, SEF’s teaching grant program has awarded more than $168,000 in grants to local educators.

In 2019-20, SEF funded a High School Music Lab at Sequim High School. The goal, teacher Joe Sullivan noted, was to establish the music production lab, with music production software, MIDI keyboards, headphones, microphones, audio interfaces and instruments.

SEF also helped fund the FarmBot program — a robot on a garden box that can be programmed to plant seeds, monitor plant growth, destroy weeds, water plants and provide frequent updates on the crops, including letting users know when it’s ready for harvest.

The goals of the project were to promote integration of computer science and technology across various disciplines, seeking to expose more non-traditional students to the field and encourage collaboration among agriculture science, robotics and computer science students.

The foundation supported students in other realms of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers by providing travel funds for the Health Occupations Students of America conference, covering costs to attend the annual national conference for students pursuing bio-medical careers — a diverse field including a range of occupations from nursing to disaster preparedness, SEF representatives said.

SEF also backed a program at Greywolf Elementary School staff effort to combine literature and technology, looking to improve students’ reading and comprehension skills.

SEF also funds Family Reading Night.

For more information, contact the Sequim Education Foundation at sequim [email protected] or at 360-680-3061.

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