Two students pose together for a photo during a food education lesson.

Sunnyland Students Enriched With Food Education

Students at Sunnyland Elementary School have been participating in an after-school cooking club thanks to a partnership between Bellingham Public Schools and Common Threads Farm. For 10 weeks each Wednesday, AmeriCorps volunteers led students in simple cooking lessons, and taught them about healthy eating habits along the way. Some of the snacks prepared by students included green smoothies, apple pancakes, apple cabbage quesadillas,…

Alderwood grant winners pose for a photo.

Whatcom County School Retirees Association Funds Mini-Grants in Fall 2014

The Whatcom County School Retirees Association (WCSRA) funded twelve mini-grants to staff in Bellingham Public Schools this fall. Awardees include the following: Alderwood Elementary Principal Janae Hodge and counselor Mikah Smith, $150 each for a backpack program Teacher Josie Estrada, $150 for the Safe Place Program Enrichment coordinator Niki Mantas, $100 for grades 3 to…

Community Building Awards

Community Building Awards Given to Staff and Parents in Bellingham Public Schools

District staff members Lavonne Sterling-Chue of Happy Valley Elementary School and Kathie Peterson of Squalicum High School (for leading the work of the Squalicum Health Alliance) were two of 23 recipients recognized at the 2014 Ken Gass Community Building Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Sponsored by the Whatcom Family…

The exterior of Shuksan Middle School.

Shuksan Middle School Awarded $1.3 million 21st Century Grant

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has awarded Shuksan Middle School a $1.3 million grant to develop and implement a 21st Century Community Learning Center over the next five years. Bellingham Public Schools, Western Washington University Woodring College of Education and Whatcom Family & Community Network will partner to create a Community…

A Squalicum High School student has her blood pressure checked.

Nick of Time at Squalicum High School

Squalicum High School partnered with the Nick of Time Foundation and local physicians on Oct. 8 offering free, voluntary heart screenings for students. A total of 263 screenings were performed during the school day by 116 volunteers. Thirteen students were found to need additional monitoring or follow-up. Nick of Time is an organization that educates schools, athletes and…