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…


workshop in classroom

Third annual conference provides continuing education for families who homeschool

The halls of the Bellingham Family Partnership Program bustled with families, hugs abounded in the hallways, and parents listened intently in classrooms. The third annual Learning Together Conference on Oct. 11 provided learning opportunities for families who homeschool. The conference sessions were geared toward parents who are balancing the roles of both parent and teacher…


Bree Ammerman, fleet manager; Derek Hahn, Sehome TSE instructor; Stu Soderquist, Bellingham High TSE instructor; Dr. Greg Baker and Alex Hansen, WTSEA president

Dr. Greg Baker receives Traffic Safety Education award

Superintendent Dr. Greg Baker accepted the annual Distinguished Service Award from the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association (WTSEA) on Oct. 12. This award honors a non-teacher—for example, an administrator, legislator or program director—whose work supports traffic safety education (TSE) in our state.  “We believe that The Bellingham Promise is a vision that is truly remarkable,” Alex Hansen, WTSEA president said in a statement, “and…


Superintendent Greg Baker and math teacher Scott Smartt.

Scott Smartt receives Outstanding Educator Award

Scott Smartt, math teacher at Bellingham High School, recently received the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. Each year, the University of Chicago invites first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them or challenged them. The university receives hundreds of nominations each year from students who share stories about teachers who inspired them…