Why Do Our Schools Purchase Supplies for Students?
Bellingham Public Schools strive to provide a free, public education of the highest quality for all students. Buying school supplies — in addition to the many other fees associated with school and activities — is a financial hardship for many families. Our communitiy generously supports our levies and schools in numerous ways, and so much is already asked of parents related to fundraising and fees. Our schools will purchase the supplies students need for learning, as we do with books and other materials. This is a strong step in reducing expenses for families.
School Supply Lists
Elementary School, Grades K-5
Middle School, Grades 6-8
Middle schools have started to reduce and simplify supply lists.
High Schools, Grades 9-12
High schools continue to reduce course fees and other costs for students. For the first day, bring a pad of paper and a pen.
The main purpose of this initiative is to reduce expenses for families. Therefore, we ask that families only bring the supplies requested. Families and community organizations that want to help are encouraged to make a monetary donation to the Bellingham Public School Foundation in lieu of purchasing supplies for a school. This helps ensure equity for students by avoiding an abundance of supplies at one school and not enough at another.