Allied Arts Education Project brings art to elementary schools

Written in collaboration with Leora Watson, Western Washington University Allied Arts of Whatcom County partners with Bellingham Public Schools to bring the experience of art to children in elementary schools throughout Bellingham. The Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) was started in 2002 with a mission to expand quality arts learning opportunities for students in Whatcom…

Student taking photographs in the garden

Seesaw offers elementary families a ‘window into the classroom’

Even if “nothing” is the default answer to, “what did you do in school today?” elementary families now have snapshots from their students’ day thanks to Seesaw, a digital student portfolio available to all elementary schools. Families who sign up can see their student’s work and the communication between their student and teacher, both online…

Squalicum student and WFCN board member Rolando Gonzalez with Squalicum teacher Jason Bergman

Ken Gass Community Building Awards from 2017 and 2018

In December 2018, a number of staff and parents from Bellingham Public Schools were awarded for their outstanding contributions to increasing community caring, empowerment, and connections that improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Each year Whatcom Family and Community Network (WFCN) holds the Ken Gass Community Building Awards and Dinner which recognizes individuals,…

A PreK student plays with a number rack toy built by Squalicum students.

Squalicum Students Build Number Racks for PreK Students

Manufacturing students from Squalicum High School worked in teams to design and fabricate 3D number racks for developmental preschool classrooms around Bellingham Public Schools. In total, 14 five-bead racks and 10 seven-bead racks were created using CAD software, 3D printers, laser engravers, wood and non-toxic paint. Special education preschool teachers were in need of math materials that mirror the…