District closed Monday, Jan. 20 for MLK holiday; weekend activities for families

All Bellingham Public Schools and the District Office will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Please note for planning purposes: Monday, Jan. 27 is a no school day for all students for semester break. The 2019-20 school year calendar and key dates for 2020-21 can be viewed on our calendars webpage.

Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend activities for staff and families

Conference: In advance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force (WHRTF) will present the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference. The conference will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Student Center. There is no charge to attend.

This year’s conference theme is “Tomorrow is Today — the Fierce Urgency of NOW,” featuring a People’s Keynote designed to encourage conversation and build bridges. The conference is free and open to all members of the community, including students. Skill-building workshops will be facilitated by educators, community organizers and activists with clock hours available for educators, mental health counselors and therapists. Sessions will include children’s programming. Click here for more information about the conference or email whatcomhrtf@gmail.com.

Volunteer: The Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service can be honored in 2020 with volunteer work on Whatcom Creek from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Whatcom Falls Park. Work alongside the City of Bellingham, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) and Washington Trails Association (WTA) to plant native trees and shrubs to improve water quality and salmon habitat. This volunteer event will conclude with pizza and a raffle.

All ages and abilities welcome. Youth under the age of 18 must bring a completed City & NSEA Youth Liability Form. For directions to the work site and more information, please visit www.cob.org/workparties.

City of Bellingham MLK, Jr. Day event:  A celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy will take place between noon and 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2020 at the Mt. Baker Theatre:  Liberty and Justice for All