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…

Singers at State Solo Ensemble

Singers and Percussion Win at State Level

In late April 2017, singers and musicians competed once again at the annual Washington State Solo/Ensemble Competition At Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. Bellingham High junior Aaron McInnis took first place in State in the tenor category and Squalcium High senior Tristan Wine took first place in the bass category.  Olivia Brice, Bellingham High senior, took second place in…

WECU Brings Financial Reality Fair to Squalicum Students

Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) brought the Financial Reality Fair to Squalicum High School on Wednesday, May 24. The fair was designed to be a real-world simulation to teach students about budgeting. The free Financial Reality Fair was supported by a grant provided by Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF). “We are passionate about financial education.” said Rebekah Duffy,…

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.…

Emma and Zoe

Spotlight on Mariner Seniors “Off to Great Places” with State Recognition

Sehome High School students Emma Clark and Zoe Dietrich have both received state recognition as graduating seniors this spring. Clark received the Smart Choices scholarship as the top female student athlete in the state from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). The WIAA scholarship is worth $5,000 toward the higher education institution of her choice. She will attend Stanford University this…

National volunteer week flyer

Volunteer support threaded through schools

National Volunteer Week is April 23 to 29, 2017. Currently in Bellingham Public Schools, there are nearly 3,200 approved volunteers in the database, up 10 percent from the 2015-16 school year. Parent volunteers are the lifeblood of the parent teacher associations at individual schools. They organize fundraising and spearhead special events; they also help with newsletters, school gardens…