The school board received a check from PSE for energy savings and energy rebates on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

PSE presents over half a million dollars to district for energy efficiency

At the Nov. 20 school board meeting, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) presented the board with a $563,392 check. The check was in recognition of the district’s energy efficiency achievements. Since 2008, Bellingham Public Schools has participated in the Commercial Strategic Energy Management (CSEM) program to create more energy efficient schools and facilities. “The school district…

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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…

Students look at macroinvertabrates.

Growing scientists and restoring salmon habitat with NSEA

Through a partnership with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) fourth graders across the district and county are learning about salmon, their habitat and what they can do to be better stewards of the environment. “The fourth graders that we teach through our Students for Salmon program are representative of the next generation of environmental stewards,”…

Family of the late Frank Lawrence, Lummi artist of the middle school logo

Kulshan Middle School and their thunderbird logo celebrate 25 years

At a recent gathering at Kulshan Middle School, visitors from the Lummi Nation shared stories of the late Frank Lawrence, the Lummi artist of the Kulshan Middle School thunderbird logo, with district staff, including Kulshan principal Meagan Dawson. The October 2019 gathering began with a traditional Lummi welcome which included blanketing and gifts. Several members…

ALB volunteers outside Target setting up Operation School Bell (left to right) Christy Dahms, Sue Oram, Stephanie Sadler

Assistance League™ supports students with new school clothes and enrichment scholarships

Assistance League of Bellingham (ALB) is an all-volunteer, community nonprofit organization. Their mission states that “volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.” Last school year, 734 students in Bellingham Public Schools were given new clothing through Operation School Bell ($100 per student), the organization’s signature program. Countywide that number reaches close…

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Third annual conference provides continuing education for families who homeschool

The halls of the Bellingham Family Partnership Program bustled with families, hugs abounded in the hallways, and parents listened intently in classrooms. The third annual Learning Together Conference on Oct. 11 provided learning opportunities for families who homeschool. The conference sessions were geared toward parents who are balancing the roles of both parent and teacher…