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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…

Cordata Third Graders Partner with WCC Students on Design Projects

Since January, third graders at Cordata Elementary School and engineering students from Whatcom Community College (WCC) have been working together on design projects. Following a balance and motion science unit, Cordata students paired up with WCC students to work through a design process. Pat Burnett, a WCC engineering faculty member helped make the visit to Whatcom…

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…

Volunteers who give at Bellingham schools also receive

When volunteers offer their skills at Bellingham Public Schools, the benefits can last a lifetime. Volunteers teaching a writing class to fourth graders, for example, can spark an enduring creative outlet. A community member working with students in special education can instill lifelong independence. Cordata Elementary School volunteers Shahla Jalili, Derek Munson and Wayne Weinschenk said they…

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.…