History of the Nichols Community Center
|The old schoolhouse was built in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. It was the Fox Island School until 1954. Now called the Nichols Community Center, this building opens its doors to Fox Islanders for meetings and activities. It has two classrooms with the original black boards, a kitchen, lavatories, and an auditorium with a stage. The basement was used for indoor play on rainy days.
The building, which turns 81 years old this year, is a tremendous asset for the Fox Island Community, hosting public meetings and activities for hundreds of people. Each year, the facility hosts the FICRA Fair, The Christmas Tree Lighting & Concert, the Fox Island Easter Egg Hunt and many other events. But maintaining the building and grounds costs thousands of dollars each year, and even with many hundreds of hours each year of volunteer time, improvements are still desperately needed.
Several projects have been undertaken over the last few years to bring the building back to the appearance and functionality it deserves. The entry hall and auditorium have been refurbished, restrooms have been updated, floors replaced and refinished, new lighting has been installed, and historic photographs of Fox Island welcome visitors into the building. Work is currently underway to renovate the kitchen area. But there is much more work to be done. We need your help.
Please contact FICRA if you are willing to donate your time, money, or expertise toward the maintenance of this island treasure. If you can, please contribute generously to the FICRA Building Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization.