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New coats hanging in the hallway of Cordata Elementary School

New coats will keep kids warm this winter thanks to local firefighter association

The Winter Warming Coat Distribution at Cordata Elementary School took place in December as part of Operation Warm, an annual project of the International Association of Firefighter (IAFF) Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters Association delivered hundreds of new winter coats for the 362 students enrolled at Cordata,…

Emily and Roxana hold their awards.

Lydia Place honors BPS staff with Housing Hero Awards

Local nonprofit Lydia Place recently honored BPS Homeless Liaisons Emily Humphrey-Krigbaum and Roxana Parise during their 2020 Housing Hero Awards on December 3. The online event recognizes local businesses and individuals who have “gone above and beyond this year (2020)”.  Ashley Thomasson, Housing Program Director, presented the awards to Humphrey-Krigbaum and Parise, and the ceremony…

Happy Valley principal Nick Hayes welcomes members of the Lummi Nation.

Relationships with local Native peoples and Tribes are key in place-based approach to social studies

In 2015 the legislature passed a law mandating the teaching of social studies curriculum that accurately conveys the history, challenges and Native perspectives on tribal sovereignty and Native culture. The resulting Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum was created through a partnership between the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and tribal nations…