Two Columbia students stand with their artwork.

Columbia and Wade King Students Create Artwork for Habitat for Humanity

Artwork created by Columbia and Wade King Elementary students was featured during the 14th Annual Raise the Roof Auction for Habitat for Humanity fundraiser on May 14. Habitat for Humanity Program Director Fred Sheppard reached out to Bellingham schools to identify potential artists to help create decorations for their fundraising auction. Sheppard worked in education for almost twenty years…

Kids compost food.

Food to Flowers Program Continues in BPS

All Bellingham Public Schools are participating in the Sanitary Service Company’s award-winning, school-based composting program called Food to Flowers! Materials from each school, such as food scraps from cafeterias, are delivered for composting to Green Earth Technology (GET) in Lynden. Bellingham Public Schools, “is one of the first school districts in the county (and state) to implement an…

The front entrance of Columbia Elementary

Columbia Families Come Together for Parent Discussion Nights

At Columbia Elementary School, parents are coming together once per month for to tackle difficult subjects at Parent Discussion Nights. The discussion nights were created through a partnership between Elementary Support Specialist, Lurinda Ford, and Columbia Parent Association (CPA) president, Michelle Malone. “I noticed that we have a very active and involved parent community here…

Celebrated Children's Author and Illustrator Eugene Yelchin addresses students and staff on stage.

Celebrated Children’s Author and Illustrator Eugene Yelchin Visits Schools

On March 9, 2015 author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin presented “How Reading Banned Books Saved My Life: Growing up in Stalinist Russia” in a Whatcom READS! Kids and Teens event in Whatcom Middle School’s auditorium. Mr. Yelchin also visited Columbia Elementary and Kulshan Middle School during his visit to Bellingham. Growing up in Soviet Russia…