Stories from our Schools, May 2020: The Bellingham Promise in Action (remote edition, part two!)

Bellingham Public Schools is proud to share these stories of students and staff living The Bellingham Promise.

This highlight reel below includes a big picture view of meal distribution to students during the pandemic, a look into our community partnership with the Lighthouse Mission, including a video tour, and an outstanding educator experiencing a year with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

How a district and community pulls together to feed kids

shs boxes

It’s hard to grasp, even for those onsite every day, how huge a lift this has been, literally and figuratively. The images of pallet upon pallet of canned and dried, shelf-stable goods (each pallet weighing over a ton) and of thousands of boxes lining Sehome High School hallways and open spaces are, to put it mildly, mind-blowing. As of May 18, more than 252,000 meals have been delivered since the school closure began and more than 28,000 boxes have been put together. Read more…


Partnership provides emergency shelter at BHS during COVID-19 crisis

sleeping mats at bhs

People experiencing homelessness in our community are at greater risk of getting sick with COVID-19 and the Lighthouse Mission’s Drop-in Center on Holly Street is not big enough to ensure the safety of those staying and working there. To address those challenges, more than 150 people are accessing emergency shelter each day at Bellingham High School through an agreement with the Lighthouse Mission Ministries. Read more and view video…


Teacher lives out history in Washington, D.C. and at the Library of Congress

jen reidel

What if a local civics teacher had the chance of a lifetime to live and work in the nation’s capital during one of this country’s biggest political turmoils and one of the world’s largest pandemics in a century? This is the amazing fate of one of Bellingham Public School’s own teachers since fall 2019.  From a presidential impeachment to a global pandemic, with a few historical artifacts, field trips and cherry blossoms thrown in, those are just a few of the not-so-boring days Jen Reidel has had in Washington D.C. serving as this year’s Library of Congress (LOC) teacher-in-residence.  Read more…

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