Work in Local Education

June 7, 2023 PTLeader – Members of AAUW of Port Townsend gathered to honor Caroline Schimke for her work on the AAUW Chimacum Creek Literacy Project


AAUW Port Townsend supports education in East Jefferson County in many ways. 

Early Literacy Tutoring
Chimacum School District  partners with AAUW in the Kindergarten Reading Project. Tutor volunteers work on basic reading skills with groups of three to four students (18 tutors in 2022/23 school year!). For many years, the project has helped Chimacum Creek kindergartners master reading and spelling skills far beyond previous classes. More information about Chimacum Literacy Project

Diversity – Since Time Immemorial Curriculum
In May 2023, we funded $2,000 for the Port Townsend Library and the Jefferson County Library for books by and about American indigenous people to support the special curriculum, which all schools in Washington teach. We worked with the Jamestown S’kallam Tribe and the State of Washington Department of Education for booklists, and then coordinated with the two libraries. We collaborated with the Native Connection Action Group of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and they matched our funds.

Math and STEM Projects
Following our national AAUW mission (read more…) AAUW members have partnered with others in the community to improve the math and overall STEM (science/ technology/ engineering/ math) competency of elementary students in Port Townsend and Chimacum public schools by providing tutors for small-group activities and funding for STEM initiatives.

In 2020-2021, even during the health crisis, AAUW awarded $17,000 to Jefferson County school projects. In 2021/22, Salish Coast Elementary School had ambitious and successful uses of STEM equipment provided by AAUW (read more…)
More information about the Math/STEM Projects

Several UWF awards are available to students in our school district middle and high schools and teachers/counselors nominate students – read more….