Isabel Meaker, executive director of family engagement, in front of poster of La Promesa de Bellingham

Meaker named a “friend of literacy” by local organization

The Whatcom Literacy Council (WLC) recognized Isabel Meaker, executive director of family engagement, with the “Friend of Literacy” award on Friday, Nov. 5 during their annual Breakfast with Nancy Pearl event. This award represents someone who has helped their organization in a significant way. Meaker works with the literacy council supporting the diverse needs of…

Volunteers and staff welcomed families at the registration table.

Back-to-school event symbolizes community’s commitment to students and families

Bellingham Public Schools hosted the first annual Back-to-School Family Block Party and Resource Fair on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Bellingham High School. A committed group of community partners, volunteers and staff came together to support the hundreds of families in attendance, welcoming them to the new school year. Dr. Kristi Dominguez, assistant superintendent in the…

Nurse matt administers a vaccine to Heidi who is in her car.

Staff access COVID vaccines thanks to partnerships and preparation

Thanks to the dedication of staff and community partners, Bellingham Public Schools has offered COVID immunization opportunities to all BPS staff and community education partners. On March 2, Governor Inslee added educators and licensed childcare workers to the vaccine prioritization, which meant that all Bellingham Public Schools staff became eligible to receive the vaccine if…

New coats hanging in the hallway of Cordata Elementary School

New coats will keep kids warm this winter thanks to local firefighter association

The Winter Warming Coat Distribution at Cordata Elementary School took place in December as part of Operation Warm, an annual project of the International Association of Firefighter (IAFF) Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters Association delivered hundreds of new winter coats for the 362 students enrolled at Cordata,…

Emily and Roxana hold their awards.

Lydia Place honors BPS staff with Housing Hero Awards

Local nonprofit Lydia Place recently honored BPS Homeless Liaisons Emily Humphrey-Krigbaum and Roxana Parise during their 2020 Housing Hero Awards on December 3. The online event recognizes local businesses and individuals who have “gone above and beyond this year (2020)”.  Ashley Thomasson, Housing Program Director, presented the awards to Humphrey-Krigbaum and Parise, and the ceremony…