The Methow Valley is surrounded by wilderness, filled with a sense of community and fueled by the arts. Comprised of nearly 4,800 full time residents, it is nestled in north central Washington, with the Methow river acting as its anchor.
The estimated median household income is $44,000, as reported in 2016. Of this, a little over 600 students from the greater valley attend the public school system. Almost one-third of children living in the Methow live in households earning less than the federal poverty level, or $24,300 for a family of four. As a result, 40% of students attending our local schools are currently on the free & reduced lunch program.
Ian was incredibly passionate about ensuring that all students have access to the same education and the outdoors as he has had both while growing up and while being a member of the community. Through the Ian Fair Fund for the Methow Campus, we will work to make this a reality for both students of the Methow to access a world-class educational experience as well as Bush School students becoming integrated into rural communities to help develop a more comprehensive world view.