Leaning into sustainability

Bellingham Public Schools has made some significant movement in the past year around sustainability. Progress (and kudos) came in the form of a national and state sustainability award, a local bond passage which included provisions for a 15th more fully sustainable elementary school, and the recent formation of a Sustainability Advisory Committee tasked with reviewing…

College Fair returns to in-person event

  On Thursday, Oct. 6, the first in-person College Fair returned after a two-year hiatus with rousing success. The event was held at Sehome High School, offering Whatcom County seniors, juniors, and a smattering of sophomores the opportunity to connect face-to-face with admissions representatives from area colleges and universities—with a few out-of-state colleges in attendance…

Hannah stirs the taco meat on the stovetop in the Community Transitions classroom

Community Transitions culinary class benefits from Foundation grant

This school year brought some much-needed additions to the Community Transitions (CT) program in Bellingham Public Schools. Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, “Tools for Culinary Arts Instruction at Community Transitions,” the CT culinary class now has enough supplies to teach basic cooking skills. With four sections of the class…

Barron and Co. representatives talked about their job opportunities

Connecting teens with local employers at the Teen Job Fair

Nearly 250 students attended the April 28 Teen Job Fair hosted by Bellingham Public Schools. According to Martha Zender, Sehome High’s High School & Beyond Coordinator and the job fair organizer, the event was successful in linking students with jobs. “We’ve received great feedback from the employers,” Zender said, “and students left with loads of…

Local artist Jason LaClair shares Coast Salish art with Happy Valley Elementary

“Wow, it looks amazing, Jason!” “How do you draw such a perfect circle? How long will it take to finish?” “I can’t wait to see it! What color will that part be?” The questions and comments were plentiful, constant and encouraging from students passing by as Lummi Nation artist Jason LaClair masterfully painted the hallway…

Members of the Lummi Nation unveil story pole at new Alderwood Elementary School

    Family members and friends of the late master carver Dale James of the Lummi Nation gathered in February at the new Alderwood Elementary School to unveil a story pole carved by James in 1974. Originally, the story pole was a collaborative educational project between James and Marietta Elementary School principal Sid Hammond. One…