Promise Highlights: Stories from our schools, October 2021; plus Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Bellingham Public Schools is proud to share these highlights of our students and staff living The Bellingham Promise. Visit our Promise Stories page for more stories from our schools, or to submit a story idea of your own!

Columbia mural reflects on pandemic school year

Last year, Ms. Ashley Welch led her fourth-grade class through an in-depth inquiry process that, among other things, yielded the artwork featured for the month of September in our current Family Handbook and Calendar. Through Ms. Welch’s reflections, learn how these students turned big questions about learning, growth and the pandemic into collaborative, beautiful art.

Columbia students in front of their mural

Advanced CTE students engage in hands-on, real-world projects

Thanks to the voter-approved technology capital levy in 2020, a number of new district vehicles have been rolling across our Bellingham streets, adding efficiencies and sustainability to our fleet of cars, vans and trucks. These vehicles provided a learning opportunity for some Options and Bellingham High CTE students as well.

A student works on a decal in class

BPS community partnership much more than school gardens

During the long months of the pandemic and school closures, the Common Threads Farm volunteers had an important role to play. They clocked 2,100 human hours helping to distribute student meals given out from March 2020 to August 2021. Onsite at the Central Kitchen, these volunteers were integral to packaging up shelf stable food into boxes. Read more about community partner Common Threads Farm

Common threads volunteer helps kids in the garden

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Indigenous People’s Day, Oct. 11, honors the past, present and future of Native peoples throughout the Americas. We were happy promote a community event featuring keynote speaker Matika Wilbur and the Blackhawk Singers.  A video recording will be available soon.

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) continues until mid-October. This is a national observance, “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.” Learn more at this website hosted by the Library of Congress.

Disability History Month: In October, Washington state proudly recognizes Disability History Month with a charge to public schools to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities in our state, nation, and the world have made to our society (RCW 28A.230.158). We believe that recognizing disability history and learning how to interact with all people in our community will increase respect, reduce bullying and harassment, and promote acceptance and inclusion in our schools and community. Read more about Disability History Month.

Filipino History month: This year we celebrate “50 Years Since the First Young Filipino Peoples’ Far West Convention,” the theme of Filipino History Month 2021.  The month is dedicated to the contributions of Filipinos, emphasizing those who advocate for social justice.

Visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion webpage for resources and important dates and observances to which our district calls attention.

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