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Ray Dellecker, Greg Baker, Tim Farris

WASA Community Leadership Award 2019 given to Alderwood volunteers

Bellingham Public Schools volunteers Ray Dellecker and Tim Farris were honored April 25 with the Community Leadership Award at a regional gathering of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA). The award is designed to honor community members for their outstanding contributions toward education through collaboration with their school district. Dellecker and Farris are active…

Squalicum High students perform a waste audit and are surprised by some of the findings: photo credit RE Sources

Sustainable Schools program focuses on environmental education across the district

Students in Bellingham Public Schools are enriched by the community partnership with Sustainable Schools, a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. The highlight of this work is the Green Classroom Certification Program in our elementary schools and similar programming in the middle and high schools. This free program helps teachers integrate conservation education into…

Wade King students improve salmon habitat: photo credit NSEA

District students learn how to protect salmon with local partner NSEA

For more than 20 years, the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) has been working with county schools to teach about salmon habitat and how to recover vital ecosystems to protect them. This school year, NSEA has worked with 12 out of our 14  elementary schools, plus the Bellingham Family Partnership Program, sharing their curriculum and…

Volunteer knitting with student

Retired teachers who never retire

For the past three years, volunteer coordinator Jennifer Gaer has been growing the volunteer program in Bellingham Public Schools. She’s organized and streamlined the process for volunteers to register and find opportunities. She’s also built relationships and connections with many of the more than 5,000 volunteers. She noticed that many of her volunteers were retired…

WEB mentors, Kulshan Middle School

WEB program: Where Everybody Belongs in middle school

The transition from elementary to middle school can be challenging. Finding even one friend can make the transition easier. And being part of a network—or web—of support within the school can help even more.  This philosophy drives the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) mentorship program in our middle schools. A middle school version of the LINK mentorship program at our high schools, it is designed…