Roosevelt student puppeteers

Volunteer helps school build puppet theatre; librarian promotes literacy through puppetry

In spring of 2016, library media specialist Denisa Anderson and her students at Roosevelt Elementary School were so inspired by the book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (about puppeteer Tony Sarg who created the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) they started researching the history of puppetry and puppet stages.Their research led them to community…

The exterior of Shuksan Middle School.

Successful middle-school fundraiser divides the funds equally

In fundraising, change is risky. Middle school parent-teacher-student associations have relied for a decade or more on magazine sales to raise money, but they decided to do something different for 2016-17. The magazine drive was replaced by a simple request for donations from parents, businesses and other members of the community. The risk paid off, financially and…

Students playing soccer

Sports turnout jumps after schools eliminate ‘pay to play’

Student participation in athletics has surged this fall after schools waived the “pay-to-play” sports fee at middle and high schools. The fee was seen as a barrier to participation for many students. Bellingham School District statistics show that students who qualify for free and reduced lunch are underrepresented in school sports. Shuksan, the middle school with…