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United Way Awards WWU a Grant for Collaborative Project with BPS

The United Way of Whatcom County awarded the Western Washington University Foundation a grant of $41,000 to help fund “Closing the Opportunity Gap Through Free Extended-Day Programming.” This is a collaborative effort between Western’s Woodring College of Education and Bellingham Public Schools. The grant will make it possible to offer new enrichment opportunities at Cordata…

Options and NSEA work.

Options High Students Engage with NSEA Fieldwork

In Spring 2015, Biology and Environmental Science classrooms at Options High School worked with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) on a project focused on local Squalicum Creek. Students studied the water quality in the creek in order to improve salmon habitat. The Options High students spent two class periods each week working with NSEA staff to improve stream conditions, measure…

HazelAnn Clapp with students during AM Beats.

Sharing the “Magic” of BEATS

In October 2014, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) awarded Shuksan Middle School a $1.3 million grant to develop and implement a 21st Century Community Learning Center over the next five years. Sean Flikke was hired as the director of the community learning center at Shuksan to provide before- and after-school…

Squalicum teacher and student look at the International Year of Light exhibit.

Stunning Light Exhibit Visits Bellingham Schools

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015). SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics with headquarters in Bellingham, is a not-for-profit, educational organization that supports scientists and engineers globally working with light and is a founding sponsor of this global initiative. The International Year of Light…

Squalicum Alliance students at the state capitol.

Squalicum Health Alliance Wins Grand Prize

A group of nine Squalicum High School students, part of the Squalicum Health Alliance, competed at the 2015 Spring Youth Forum against more than 350 students from across the state representing 40 of the top projects designed to discourage smoking and drug use among high school students. The Squalicum Health Alliance won the Grand Prize. The scoring criteria…