Lego club

After-school enrichment programs continue to grow at Alderwood and Cordata

After-school enrichment programs are so popular at Alderwood and Cordata elementary schools that clubs fill up quickly and some have wait-lists. Nearly 400 students participate between the two schools, which is approximately 50% of the school populations. These after-school programs close the opportunity gap that exists in some communities. Enrichment programs have been shown to…

Ray Dellecker, Greg Baker, Tim Farris

WASA Community Leadership Award 2019 given to Alderwood volunteers

Bellingham Public Schools volunteers Ray Dellecker and Tim Farris were honored April 25 with the Community Leadership Award at a regional gathering of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA). The award is designed to honor community members for their outstanding contributions toward education through collaboration with their school district. Dellecker and Farris are active…

Squalicum High students perform a waste audit and are surprised by some of the findings: photo credit RE Sources

Sustainable Schools program focuses on environmental education across the district

Students in Bellingham Public Schools are enriched by the community partnership with Sustainable Schools, a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. The highlight of this work is the Green Classroom Certification Program in our elementary schools and similar programming in the middle and high schools. This free program helps teachers integrate conservation education into…

Wade King students improve salmon habitat: photo credit NSEA

District students learn how to protect salmon with local partner NSEA

For more than 20 years, the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) has been working with county schools to teach about salmon habitat and how to recover vital ecosystems to protect them. This school year, NSEA has worked with 12 out of our 14  elementary schools, plus the Bellingham Family Partnership Program, sharing their curriculum and…

Cordata Third Graders Partner with WCC Students on Design Projects

Since January, third graders at Cordata Elementary School and engineering students from Whatcom Community College (WCC) have been working together on design projects. Following a balance and motion science unit, Cordata students paired up with WCC students to work through a design process. Pat Burnett, a WCC engineering faculty member helped make the visit to Whatcom…

Volunteer knitting with student

Retired teachers who never retire

For the past three years, volunteer coordinator Jennifer Gaer has been growing the volunteer program in Bellingham Public Schools. She’s organized and streamlined the process for volunteers to register and find opportunities. She’s also built relationships and connections with many of the more than 5,000 volunteers. She noticed that many of her volunteers were retired…