Jeff McKenna named as 2016 Peace Builder Award recipient

Every year, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center acknowledges individuals, groups and organizations through their annual Peace Builder Awards. In 2016, Jeff McKenna, prevention specialist in Bellingham Public Schools, was honored with the Youth Education Award at their Nov. 18 Peace Builder Awards Gala. McKenna, through the program MAD-HOPE, received the award for “equipping youth with…

Thu Thon, National Merit Semifinalist

National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students for Class of 2017; National Hispanic Scholar Named

Bellingham Public Schools has two semifinalists and 12 commended students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2015-16 school year. Sehome High School student Jennifer U. Frye and Squalicum High student Thu Ton are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. For…

Roosevelt student puppeteers

Volunteer helps school build puppet theatre; librarian promotes literacy through puppetry

In spring of 2016, library media specialist Denisa Anderson and her students at Roosevelt Elementary School were so inspired by the book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (about puppeteer Tony Sarg who created the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) they started researching the history of puppetry and puppet stages.Their research led them to community…

Buildings and Grounds Team

Bellingham Public Schools Recognized as Inspirational Partner by Bellingham Energy Prize

On Nov. 4, Bellingham Public Schools was honored by Bellingham Energy Prize as the Inspirational Partner of the Year. The city of Bellingham is one of 50 semi-finalists in a competition to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The community that reduces their energy use the most will win $5 million. Bellingham is currently fourth place nation-wide. The competition will…