Partner’s Events

Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival


Every year Partners in Education hosts fundraising and community events to benefit programs that serve pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 students in the Toledo area. Find out more about our events and how you can help.

Partners In Education hosts the annual Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival and race as well. Dragon Boat racing is a team water sport that is growing fast worldwide. The annual Toledo Dragon Boat Festival draws over 30 local businesses and organizations to participate with teams. Each team consists of a 25 person roster that includes 20 paddlers, 1 steersman, 1 drummer, and 3 alternates. The festival draws over 700 paddle team participants, 100+ event volunteers, and 5,000 to 10,000 event spectators. Volunteers can help with loading and unloading the boats, registration of paddlers, extra hands at the Summer Learning Village and more. 

The Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival also serves as a showcase for summer learning. Our Summer Learning Festival stresses the importance of summer learning for area youth in helping close the achievement gap and supports healthy development of students and families in Northwest Ohio.

The next Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival will take place on July 21st, 2018 and we would love to have you be a part of it! Volunteer area descriptions and a volunteer form will be available closer to the festival date. To view last year’s volunteer area descriptions, click here. Mark your calendars and check back soon for details!

Visit to learn more about sponsorships and team registration


Volunteer to help at our Beethoven and Bar-B-Que event.

Hosted by The Andersons at the Anderson Activity Center on Holland-Sylvania Ave., this event is our annual fundraiser featuring performances by Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Junior Youth Orchestra, along with delicious Shorty’s Bar-B-Que, desserts and an assortment of beverages. Hear more about Partners in Education’s work in the community, celebrate our volunteers and supporters and have an excellent time to boot.

We could use your help with registration, beverage service, set up and tear down. More information on how you can volunteer at the 2018 Beethoven and Bar-B-Que will be available soon!