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…

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…

Parent Education Initiative on Inclusion Helps Columbia Welcome New Life Skills Classroom

The Columbia Elementary School Parent Association (CPA), a volunteer organization similar to a PTA, recently launched an inclusion initiative to educate parents on issues of diversity. This new emphasis came as Columbia added a Life Skills special education classroom to the school last fall. Before the Life Skills classroom opened, changes were made at 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…