Breakfast raises money for Bellingham schools

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 3, 2013 

Michelle Kuss-Cybula, principal of Fairhaven Middle School, and Bellingham Public School Foundation board members Vicky Reardon and Kim Lund enjoy the April 30 Hungry Minds fundraiser. More than 250 guests attended the breakfast in support of schools.

MARGARET GUDE — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Bellingham Public School Foundation's Hungry Minds Breakfast fundraiser raised $42,000 April 30 at Whatcom Middle School.

Donations, which doubled from the first event last year, fund programs benefitting students and fulfilling requests from teachers, schools and the district.

The organization aims to build awareness and support the best possible education for all students in Bellingham Public Schools.

Event sponsors The Unity Group and IMCO Construction were joined by many local businesses sponsoring tables, including AXA Advisors, Bellingham Cold Storage, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Birch Equipment, Business Bank, Chmelik, Sitkin & Davis, Dawson Construction, McDonalds, Park Manor, Peoples Bank, Phillips 66, Sanitary Service, Starbucks, Sleepmasters, WECU and Yorkston Oil.

BP REFINERY SPONSORS SALMON EDUCATION

The BP Cherry Point Refinery donated $25,000 to Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association to support the Students for Salmon school education program, according to a press release.

The association will use the grant to work with 1,500 local students on the restoration of 15 degraded streams in Whatcom County.

"NSEA highly values the support provided from BP to provide materials for salmon recovery and stream restoration, and to educate local children about the environment," said Rachel Vasak, executive director of the association.

BAR HONORS DISPUTE CENTER LEADER

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Executive Director Moonwater was awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the Whatcom County Bar Association May 8 for her "many years of service promoting the rule of law and amicable dispute resolution," according to a press release.

The Liberty Bell Award is given to someone who promotes better understanding of the rule of law, encourages greater respect for law and the courts, stimulates a sense of civic responsibility, and contributes to good government.

Among her accomplishments listed in the press release, Moonwater has worked to help her staff, mediators and stakeholders understand the Foreclosure Fairness Act; helped grow the nonprofit dispute resolution center from an agency with a small handful of mediators to an agency with more than 90 volunteers, including mediators, board members, youth program facilitators and office support; has served as president of Resolution Washington, a statewide association; and has worked with the Department of Commerce, Resolution Washington and others to advance the Foreclosure Fairness Act Mediation Program.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT HONORS WATER SERVICE

Dave Olson received the "Going Above and Beyond" award from the Whatcom County Department of Health for his efforts to address nitrate contamination in Whatcom County.

Olson initially volunteered his expertise to help the department find alternative sources of water for four threatened water systems that serve more than 700 people, according to a press release.

In the process, he developed a deep understanding of the issues facing each system as he studied alternative water sources.

NEW DIRECTOR AT WHATCOM VOLUNTEER CENTER

Angela Murray joined the Whatcom Volunteer Center as executive director last November.

According to a press release, she brings 17 years of experience to the post, including a master's degree in political science and bachelor's degree in history from Montana State, and Washington State teaching certificates, plus 10 years as a backcountry wilderness ranger in the Bob Marshall wilderness.

Angela became aware of community needs early on in her life, according to the release, and recalls her first volunteer experience, delivering meals to families in need. "It opened my eyes to a much bigger world," she recalled.

She also enjoys gardening, hiking, and "exploring the Pacific Northwest in search of the sunshine" with her two daughters.

CREDIT UNION, ROTARY HONOR STUDENTS

Eight Whatcom high school students were presented with $500 scholarships May 16 by Industrial Credit Union and Whatcom County Rotary North. They are: Jordan Wydur, Blaine; Morgan Perry, Nooksack Valley; Alyssa Peterson, Ferndale; Weston Whitener, Lynden Christian; Brittny Adderley, Lynden; Roman Vetkov, Mount Baker; Gladys Galiano, Meridian; and Louis Hunter, Windward.

The students were selected by their high school counselors, according to a press release, for their exceptional character and dedication to service over self.

STUDENT MUSICIANS ON TOUR

Five marching band students at Ferndale High School will tour with Cascades Drum Corps this summer, according to Lynda Fell, communications coordinator for the Ferndale Band Boosters.

Ferndale drummer Shaun Fell, brass musicians Collette Brown, Nate Ellis, Keagan Flaherty, and color guard Rhylee Delano will travel more than 10,000 miles in eight weeks with the Seattle-based Cascades Drum Corps as they compete at the world-class level in over 30 stadiums around the nation, Lynda says. The tour ends mid-August at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis.

Out and About is published Mondays in The Bellingham Herald.

Reach Executive Editor Julie Shirley at 360-715-2261 or julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com.

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