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Author and Illustrator of “Dude!” Visit Lowell and Wade King Students

Author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Dan Santat visited students at Lowell and Wade King elementary schools on April 25. The two collaborated most recently on the children’s book, Dude! Dan Santat is a Caldecott-winning illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and author Aaron Reynolds has written a number of award nominated books including Nerdy…

Poetry Award Winners’ Poems to be Displayed on Buses and “Poetry Walk”

A total of 224 Whatcom County residents participated in the 13th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, with 25 individuals selected as winners, including seven people with ties to Bellingham Public Schools. Walk Award winners include Madeleine Joyce Patterson, a student at Silver Beach Elementary, and Emma McCoy, a student at Squalicum High School. The…

Competition Encourages Elementary Students to Read Books They Normally Wouldn’t

Elementary school librarians created the You’ll Enjoy These Incredible Books! (YETI) Books competition to challenge students to read books from a variety of genres and to work together as a team. A year in the making. Each year school librarians from across the Pacific Northwest nominate the best, recently published novels for middle grader readers…

Student readings, view of hands and book

Bellingham schools identify reading difficulties early, then offer effective instruction

Students who show dyslexic tendencies are at risk of falling behind in reading and learning. That’s why Bellingham schools take the important step at the beginning of the school year to test kindergartners’ “phonological awareness” — their ability to identify the sounds of letters, and to combine the sounds of letters to form words. These…

Volunteers who give at Bellingham schools also receive

When volunteers offer their skills at Bellingham Public Schools, the benefits can last a lifetime. Volunteers teaching a writing class to fourth graders, for example, can spark an enduring creative outlet. A community member working with students in special education can instill lifelong independence. Cordata Elementary School volunteers Shahla Jalili, Derek Munson and Wayne Weinschenk said they…