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Staff and students honored at annual Peace Builder awards

The 17th annual Peace Builder Awards, organized by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC), honored a diverse group of peace builders from around our community in a variety of categories. Awardees included Latinx community health workers, the Paddle to Lummi tribal canoe journey organizers as well as Bellingham Public Schools students and staff who were…

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…

High School Grads Return to their Elementary School to Offer Advice and Share Plans

Sunnyland Elementary School students had some special visitors during the last week of school. Recent high school graduates returned to Sunnyland, where they attended elementary school, to celebrate their graduation, share future plans and provide advice to the students. The graduates’ advice included encouragement to work hard and have fun and to not hang on…

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…

PTA’s new gazebo at Sunnyland will be solar powered

Sunnyland Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association stepped up once again to create an enduring addition to the school grounds. Sunnyland parent Ted Clifton, who runs local home-building company TC Legend Homes, led construction of a gazebo next to Sunnyland’s playground. Clifton’s business donated about $15,000 in materials and labor to the project. This doesn’t include…