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Squalicum teacher Riley Liddle, Squalicum student Maya Haggen, Sehome teacher Kevin Criez and Bellingham High teacher Paul Clement put together the final phase of masks.

Teachers and students use 3D printers to meet PPE shortage

The emails and calls started coming in just days after schools were officially closed due to COVID-19. Students wanted to use their school’s 3D printers to make masks for essential employees who may face a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). “There was more and more interest,” says Riley Liddle, Career and Technical Education (CTE)…

Allied Arts Education Project brings art to elementary schools

Written in collaboration with Leora Watson, Western Washington University Allied Arts of Whatcom County partners with Bellingham Public Schools to bring the experience of art to children in elementary schools throughout Bellingham. The Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) was started in 2002 with a mission to expand quality arts learning opportunities for students in Whatcom…

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Staff and students honored at annual Peace Builder awards

The 17th annual Peace Builder Awards, organized by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC), honored a diverse group of peace builders from around our community in a variety of categories. Awardees included Latinx community health workers, the Paddle to Lummi tribal canoe journey organizers as well as Bellingham Public Schools students and staff who were…

Family of the late Frank Lawrence, Lummi artist of the middle school logo

Kulshan Middle School and their thunderbird logo celebrate 25 years

At a recent gathering at Kulshan Middle School, visitors from the Lummi Nation shared stories of the late Frank Lawrence, the Lummi artist of the Kulshan Middle School thunderbird logo, with district staff, including Kulshan principal Meagan Dawson. The October 2019 gathering began with a traditional Lummi welcome which included blanketing and gifts. Several members…

Student taking photographs in the garden

Seesaw offers elementary families a ‘window into the classroom’

Even if “nothing” is the default answer to, “what did you do in school today?” elementary families now have snapshots from their students’ day thanks to Seesaw, a digital student portfolio available to all elementary schools. Families who sign up can see their student’s work and the communication between their student and teacher, both online…