District Schools and Offices Closed Monday for MLK Holiday

All Bellingham Public Schools and the District Office will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Please note for planning purposes: Tuesday, Jan. 29 is a no school day for all students for semester break. The 2018-19 school year calendar and key dates for 2019-20 can be viewed on our school calendars webpage.

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

In advance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force (WHRTF) will present the 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference. The conference will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Student Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m. There is no charge to attend. This year’s conference theme is “Remaining Awake together: Nurturing a Revolution of Values,” 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. and will include children’s programming. Click here for more information about the conference or email whatcomhrtf@gmail.com.

The City of Bellingham’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will take place at noon on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Mount Baker Theatre, located at 104 N. Commercial Street. This year’s event “Mothers of the Movement” will focus on the role of women and women of color in the civil rights movement, the ongoing struggles of women of color today, and a hope-filled program based on King’s dream for equality. The event will include a welcome from Mayor Kelli Linville and a blessing by Lummi Nation elder Juanita Jefferson. Kulshan Chorus and Bellingham Repertory Dance will perform alongside a variety of speakers. Click here to learn more.

The Martin Luther King, Jr National Day of Service can be honored in 2019 with volunteer work on Whatcom Creek at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at Maritime Heritage Park, sponsored by the City of Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program, Public Works and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). All ages are welcome, but volunteers under 18 need to fill out a release form. Click here for more.