July 2018 Update: We are excited to announce an exciting new effort, the first phase of the Sandy Pond Schoolhouse Restoration and Preservation Project. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ayer Community Preservation Committee, which was unanimously approved at the May 14 Ayer Annual Town Meeting, this work will begin in late summer/early fall of this year.
This phase of the project includes the following work:
The goal for this phase is to stabilize and strengthen the schoolhouse’s basic structure. This work, which will tentatively begin in late summer/early fall of this year (2018), will lay the foundation for all future preservation efforts.
While this phase marks a beginning and not an end, it is a crucial first step toward the complete restoration of Sandy Pond Schoolhouse.
For additional news on this important project, please check this Website or visit the Contacts page to join our new Friends of Sandy Pond School list on Google Groups.
Sandy Pond School Association A 501(c)3 organization
Welcome to the home of the Sandy Pond School Association. Founded in 1908, SPSA has owned, maintained, and preserved Ayer's historic Sandy Pond Schoolhouse for over 100 years. The founding members of SPSA were local residents, most of whom had also attended Sandy Pond School. Their goal was to preserve the school following its closing in 1906 and make use of it for reunions and community events. The first Sandy Pond School Annual Reunion took place on June 27, 1908. On December 22, 1908, the Town of Ayer officially conveyed the property to the Association for the price of $1.00.
A century later, alumni of Sandy Pond School are a scarce commodity, but SPSA endures. The small group of volunteers who comprise today’s Association share their predecessors’ commitment to preserving this unique little building. Today's SPSA seeks not only to preserve the building but to enhance Sandy Pond Schoolhouse's role as a piece of living history and a cultural resource that is open to the community now and for generations to come.