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Updated: 3/4 of new Head Start building in place at Friday Harbor Elementary School

The third section of the new Head Start building for Friday Harbor children arrived on the 10:30 a.m. ferry on October 6. The fourth and final piece will be transported from the Anacortes ferry terminal to San Juan Island on Thursday, October 7.

Over-sized load disembarks from the ferry. 

The ferry fare for the last two sections cost $2,300 according to the truck driver. Bystanders were impressed as they saw him skillfully execute the turn in front of the Salty Dog cafe and at Memorial Park. 

Once at the site at Friday Harbor Elementary School on Grover Street, he backed the trailer holding the third section to a position inches from the two sections already there. 

(from left to right) Skagit Valley College Foundation Director of Development Pam Davis, SVC Vice President of Advancement Anne Clark, SVC Foundation Executive Director Brad Tuininga, San Juan Head Start Center Manager Sarah Werling, SVC Executive Director of San Juan Center Randy Martin, and SVC Director of Residence Life Griffin Uchida.

The prepared site at FHES

span style="font-size: 14pt;">The total budget for the new building was $1.25 million. San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF) raised $191,000 from the San Juan Island community to make it possible to have three classrooms rather than two. With the three classrooms, the program can serve up to 28 children.

Instrumental in making the project happen were the Head Start Director Mary Ellen Lykins and Skagit Valley College San Juan Center Director Sara Werling. Lykins secured over $1 million from Head Start for the initial two-classroom replacement.

Former Head Start building at its new location at FHHS

The old Head Start building was relocated from Friday Harbor Elementary School to Friday Harbor High School last year. The building, placed between Turnbull Gym and the S.T.E.M building, has been renovated. 

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