District staff celebrating at the Ken Gass Community Awards Gala

Options administrators, district prevention specialist and volunteer honored with community building awards

At a December 2019 event, the Options High School administrative team, the district prevention specialist in Bellingham Public Schools, and volunteer/benefactor Elie Samuel were honored by the Whatcom Family and Community Network (WFCN). Every year, the WFCN recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations with the Ken Gass Community Building Awards for “increasing community caring, empowerment and…

Allied Arts Education Project brings art to elementary schools

Written in collaboration with Leora Watson, Western Washington University Allied Arts of Whatcom County partners with Bellingham Public Schools to bring the experience of art to children in elementary schools throughout Bellingham. The Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) was started in 2002 with a mission to expand quality arts learning opportunities for students in Whatcom…

Students at Birch Equipment

Junior Achievement builds connections for Options students and local businesses

Through a community partnership with Junior Achievement of Washington, Options High School students toured Birch Equipment and Alcoa to learn more about these companies and the employee experience. The connection with Options High School was made by Ashley DeLatour from FuturesNW when she introduced Options staff Joe Wooding to Roxanne McCloud with Junior Achievement of…

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…