Project free education update: yearbooks for all students

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear staff, students and families,

Project Free Education is a Bellingham Public Schools initiative whereby families are not asked to pay toward school supplies and many school activities. This budget priority aims to close some of the gaps in state funding without asking too much financially of our families.

Since we started this project ten years ago, we continue to strengthen our work. This year, we are excited to announce that we will be offering yearbooks to all students at no cost.

Since some high school students and families have already purchased yearbooks, and we will be issuing refunds in May as a default. You may, however, opt to donate your purchase cost to your school’s associated student body (ASB) to help implement this new Project Free Education initiative.

You can fill out this form by April 30 to donate, otherwise you will receive a refund.

One of the key strategies of The Bellingham Promise is our One Schoolhouse Approach, which inspired Project Free Education. This focuses on providing equitable distribution of resources and service to ensure excellence for all students. Equity is also called out in our newest key strategy: equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), which also emphasizes the importance of equitable access to resources and opportunities for all students. All students take part in creating the yearbook. This year book is considered an annual capstone project for all high school students, and we are pleased to be able to remove another financial barrier for our students and families.

We will also be providing middle school students a yearbook at no cost this year and years to come as part of Project Free Education.

Please look for more information about our 2021-22 budget soon.

For questions or more information about high school yearbooks and refunds, please contact your school’s ASB office. Our ASB administrative assistants are Angie Strand at Bellingham High School, Cathy Moran at Sehome High School and Shawn Flaherty at Squalicum High School.

Thank you!

Greg Baker