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After-school enrichment programs continue to grow at Alderwood and Cordata

After-school enrichment programs are so popular at Alderwood and Cordata elementary schools that clubs fill up quickly and some have wait-lists. Nearly 400 students participate between the two schools, which is approximately 50% of the school populations. These after-school programs close the opportunity gap that exists in some communities. Enrichment programs have been shown to…

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…

Allied Arts partnership brings art to fifth grade classrooms

Through one of the partnerships with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, teaching artists worked with fifth grade classrooms. Each class received up to 12 hours of arts education that focused on one theme. These included stone carving, watercolor painting, paper mache puppets and concrete pavers. The partnership emerged after an anonymous donation was given to the Whatcom Community Foundation.…

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Volunteer support threaded through schools

National Volunteer Week is April 23 to 29, 2017. Currently in Bellingham Public Schools, there are nearly 3,200 approved volunteers in the database, up 10 percent from the 2015-16 school year. Parent volunteers are the lifeblood of the parent teacher associations at individual schools. They organize fundraising and spearhead special events; they also help with newsletters, school gardens…

Alderwood students perform at Mount Baker Theatre

Alderwood Elementary School students performed at the Mount Baker Theatre on March 22 for the Rock the Salish Sea Tour. The tour includes professional musicians and students singing songs about oceans, watersheds and climate change. The tour had seven stops including Bellingham, Victoria, Squamish, Surrey, Quadra Island, Saltspring Island and New Westminster. “This performance was the…