Come Celebrate Our 25th Gala!

children listening to saxophonistFor 25 years the Foundation for Education has held an annual Gala Auction to support thousands of hands-on workshops for the students of Avon Maitland – the public school board for the counties of Perth and Huron.

The Gala Auction is Saturday, November 9 at the Revival House in Stratford, ON.

The event is a lovely adventure: meeting with folks who have supported the event for many years, taking a chance on that one-of-a-kind silent auction item, or out-bidding your table-mates at the LIVE auction – it is a wonderful evening that supports the Foundation’s extensive line-up of ART | LIFE workshops in our schools.

Come join the celebration!

ART | LIFE is a wide variety of arts and life skill workshops that bring unique experiences to local kids. These exceptional hands-on experiences with professionals introduce students to richer ways of living and learning. Funding for these enrichment opportunities comes solely from fundraising efforts.

One such effort is the Gala Auction.

Please see the Gala Auction Facebook Event Page for up-to-date item listings, sponsors, news and more

Order your tickets online or reserve by phone @519-527-0111 ext 239, by email via

We’d like to thank the countless businesses throughout Perth and Huron who donate items for the auction.

The evening would not be possible without our sponsors. We’d like to thank them for their tremendous support – many of whom have been champions of our cause for many years.

Our 25th Gala Sponsors:

PLATINUM 25th Gala Sponsor:

Palmerston Dental – Dr Dennis and Laurie Nuhn

GOLD Event Sponsor:

GABEL Electric, Plumbing & HVAC

GOLD Dinner Sponsors:

Smith-Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.

Watson’s Home Hardware

SILVER Sponsors:

Bluewater Office Equipment/MicroAge Basics, RBC Royal Bank, Marklevitz Architects Inc., Paul and Anne Lake, Leslie Motors

BRONZE Sponsors:

DMDS Limited, Don Hamilton Real Estate, Clinton Raceway Incorporated, John Schenk Legal, Ward & Uptigrove Chartered Professional Accountants, Warren and Eleanor Robinson, T. Litzen Sports, Kim Black


David Armstrong, ETFO Avon Maitland Teachers’ Local, Hayley Jones, Peers Insurance and Financial Services, Howick Mutual Insurance Company, Joan Perrie, Geoff Williams

Al Sygrove, Barb Allemang, Avice Foster, Bardwell Law Office
Laurel McIntosh, Jodie Baker, Lighthouse Money Management

News That’s SOME Good

The novel of Charlotte’s Web is celebrating its 65th anniversary in print this year and we couldn’t think of a better way to acknowledge that birthday than to bring it to life once again on stage!

APRIL 8-17, 2020

As always, all proceeds from this show go directly to enriching and supporting Avon Maitland students!

This beloved and insightful children’s story, about a young pig (Wilbur) and his exciting and life-affirming adventure with a barn spider (Charlotte), focuses on young audiences in primary and junior grades.

The production includes wonderful songs; action; puppets; evocative lighting, sets and costumes plus the talent of 10 extraordinary adult and student community performers under the direction of professional director Duncan McGregor.

Along with the play (60 minutes) attending school classes will receive online a teacher’s resource guide.

Please see the poster.

Find out more @

Book your tickets today! Call the Box Office @ 1-877-862-5984

We look forward to welcoming you to the theatre as we present this classic story.

For When Grandparents Become Guardians Again

Read to Baby project representative handing book bag to Children's Aid Society representative

When life doesn’t play by the book, sometimes books need to come into play.

Every year in Huron and Perth there are grandparents who suddenly find themselves as guardians of their children’s offspring.

For this reason, the Kids First Early Learning Network (KFELN), of which the Foundation for Education is a part, is teaming up with the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society (H-PCAS) in an effort to bring a good start for those who suddenly have children but no children’s books.

“We thought it possible that the grandparents might have downsized, clearing their homes of baby-type books, and we were wondering if a special kit should be put together for this unique group”, states Mary Louise Laberge, manager of

smallTALK: Huron Perth Preschool Speech Language System and Kids First Early Learning Network member.

The special kits are based on KFELN’s Read to Baby Bundle initiative.

Since 2014, the project has given Huron and Perth families of newborn children a book bag which contains a children’s board book, a children’s songs and nursery rhymes booklet, a Donor Acknowledgement flyer and list of community literacy resources.  

The bundles provide families with the support they need to encourage early literacy and family bonding at home.    

The cost of one bundle is under $10 and the bundles are distributed to families at no cost to them.

To date, the project has reached nearly 6000 newborns.

Over 40 special Read to Baby Bundles, with up to 4 additional books each, have been assembled and delivered to the CAS. 

As long as KFELN still have a variety of books that remain beneficial to those older than a year old, they plan to continue to provide this special package annually.

If you’d like to help grandparents navigate life’s unforeseen chapters and ensure that the early literacy project continues to flourish, please consider making a donation.

You can do so online at or by cheque payable to the Foundation for Education and send to 62 Chalk St. N., Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0

Pictured above:
Melanie Evans, Kids First Early Learning Network member and Early Learning Resource Consultant for County of Huron Children’s Services and Cathy Sutherland, Director of Service for the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society.