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.

For information on how to donate to SPSA, please go to the Donation page.

Spring 2019 Update

Construction work will shortly begin on Phase IA of the Sandy Pond Schoolhouse Restoration & Preservation Project. Funded by a generous grant from the Ayer Community Preservation Committee, this phase includes the following work: 

  • Foundation repair and stabilization
  • Masonry repair
  • Replacement of the classroom ceiling
  • Selected priority structural repairs

Plans and specifications for this phase of the project were prepared by Spencer, Sullivan & Vogt of Charlestown, MA. These have been reviewed and approved by the Ayer Historical Commission and are currently with selected contractors.  

The current projected schedule for this project is:

  • April 18: Receipt of bids
  • Week of April 22: Selection of contractor
  • Signed contract: Week of May 6
  • Beginning of construction: Week of May 13
  • Completion of work: On or about July 31.

For periodic updates on this important project and other news about Sandy Pond Schoolhouse, please check this Website. Better yet, sign up for your free subscription to The Sandy Pond Crier, our new electronic newsletter