Whatcom students pick kale for their school salad bar

Garden-to-Cafeteria produce served on salad bars after Slow Food USA spring visit

Last school year, Bellingham Public Schools was selected to participate in a garden-to-cafeteria pilot program through Slow Foods USA along with three other districts nationwide. Andrew Nowak, director of the National School Garden Program of Slow Food USA, visited Whatcom Middle School and their school garden in the spring to review a draft of the…

Students Explore Marine Sciences at WWU Summer Program Thanks to Retired Teacher

Students from Shuksan Middle School spent a week learning about marine and other sciences from faculty at Western Washington University. The week-long course, “Real World Applications of Environmental Research: Ocean Acidification in the Salish Sea,” allowed students to engage in actual research projects being conducted by Western faculty and graduate students. Students learned about eel grass,…

Author and Illustrator of “Dude!” Visit Lowell and Wade King Students

Author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Dan Santat visited students at Lowell and Wade King elementary schools on April 25. The two collaborated most recently on the children’s book, Dude! Dan Santat is a Caldecott-winning illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and author Aaron Reynolds has written a number of award nominated books including Nerdy…

Brad Swanson receives Community Leadership Award

Bellingham Public Schools parent, Brad Swanson, was honored on May 3 by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) with the Community Leadership Award. The award is designed to honor community members for their outstanding contributions toward education through collaboration with their school district. Swanson was recognized for his ongoing commitment of Bellingham Public Schools through…

Snow School group picture

Learning the science of snow; experiential education thanks to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation

Thanks to a $780 grant from the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, 30 sixth grade students from Kulshan Middle School learned about the science of snow in March at the Mount Baker Ski Area. Environmental educators from the North Cascades Institute and Western Washington University led the students through hands-on experiences to study snowpack, snow stability,…

PTA’s new gazebo at Sunnyland will be solar powered

Sunnyland Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association stepped up once again to create an enduring addition to the school grounds. Sunnyland parent Ted Clifton, who runs local home-building company TC Legend Homes, led construction of a gazebo next to Sunnyland’s playground. Clifton’s business donated about $15,000 in materials and labor to the project. This doesn’t include…