Alderwood Meets Team of Athletes from Across the World before Ski to Sea Race

Community in Action

A team of international athletes brought together by the Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA) visited Alderwood Elementary on May 27, two days before the team competed in the 2016 Ski to Sea race.

Athletes making up the Sister Cities Ambassadors 2016 Ski to Sea team come from: Finland, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Chile, Australia and the United States.

Students visiting from Wade King Elementary joined Alderwood students to meet the athletes, while students from across the district tuned into the assembly via a live video.

Elementary students were able to ask the athletes questions such as, “How long have you been practicing your sport?” and, “How long did it take you to get to Bellingham?”

Athletes addressed the school both in their own respective languages and English, sharing about their sport and home country. Before parting, each athlete presented Alderwood with a book.

Students gave the athletes a book in return to share with children in their country. Students presented the athletes with “Storm Boy” by Paul Lewis, an author from Lummi Island.

John Gargett, board member of the BSCA, explained to students that their school poster reading, “If you can dream it you can achieve it,” was what Sister Cities believes too.

“We believe if we dream world peace, we can achieve it,” Gargett said.

Students were invited to cheer the team on during the race, as well as watch the BSCA float in the Ski to Sea race parade.

For more information about the Ski to Sea race, visit the website here.


During the assembly, Alderwood students sang a song to the athletes written by music teacher Obadiah DeWeber titled, “We Can Make a Difference.” After the performance, Mayor Kelli Linville invited a group of Alderwood students to perform this song at a City Council meeting next fall.

You can listen to the song below:

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