Judy Davies of Lynden shared her holiday craftiness: "The pretty reddish-pink plastic bags that protect our Bellingham Herald inspired me to save and recycle them into this outdoor garland, as décor for my Valentine's Day birthday. I also made a matching outdoor bouquet."
There's lots of love of community to share just after Valentine's Day: Ron Buchinski, executive director of Lighthouse Mission Ministries in Bellingham, shared that the new concrete benches on F Street by the mission parking lot were donated by Dalton Hanks of Bellingham as his Eagle Scout project. ... ... Sandell's For Her has donated $1,500 to Whatcom Hospice from holiday-shopping profits, according to Deane and Susan Sandell. It follows a $1,600 donation a year earlier to the Salvation Army. The Barkley Village women's clothing store also celebrated 23 years in business. ... Caroline Waddell of Deming, a University of Washington English grad who writes a book blog called "Book Cracker Caroline" at bookcrackercaroline.blogspot.com, says her readers have donated almost $1,500 to the Whatcom Humane Society through an auction on her blog.
PRAYERS FOR FAMILIES
Volunteer Sue Cole sent this report on a recent Jan. 26 frame signing for Interfaith Coalition's Our House in Ferndale.
"Our House is currently under construction, expanding an existing single family residence into a triplex.
"When completed this spring, the triplex is expected to house around 12 families needing temporary shelter each year. It is the only emergency housing for homeless families in Ferndale.
"The frame signing Jan. 26 was a community opportunity to bless the three new homes with prayers for both the construction workers as well as homeless families who will find shelter there. The prayers shared by guests will live on beneath the finished construction: homeless families will be surrounded by these blessings as they begin to turn their lives around.
"Interfaith Coalition has eight other units of homeless housing in Bellingham. Families living in these homes receive case management services to help develop skills to break the cycle of homelessness. Having stable housing encourages children to stay in school, and helps parents get back on their feet. After three months or longer in Interfaith housing, 90 percent of the families find stable homes. Ferndale has the second highest number of homeless families in Whatcom County (after Bellingham). The two additional units will help more homeless children stay in Ferndale schools and keep the families together in the community they call home.
"Interfaith is still accepting donations for Our House. Over 600 small donors, local businesses, foundations and congregations have contributed to the triplex. Interfaith Coalition is a nonprofit partnership of over 40 congregations that provides housing for homeless families, support for the Interfaith Health Center, Severe Weather shelters and winter coat drives, among other activities. For more information, contact 360-734-3983."
NEW BOARD INSTALLED
Whatcom Women in Business has installed its 2014 board, which will be lead by president Tally Rabatin, owner of Totally Unique Designs.
Also on the board are Lynne Henifin, Evah Thurman, Julie Guay, Renee Aase, Cathy Campbell, Jamie Smeall, Amy Zender, Sharon Yonally, Sara Clement and Kari Fenton.
Amy says the group $1,000 to six different charities and gave $24,000 in scholarships 20 people in 2013. The group also honored Karen Barlean of Barlean's Organic Oils as the professional woman of the year at its annual banquet and auction, which raised more than $43,000.
WCC CELEBRATES DIVERSITY
Reid Kerr of the Whatcom Community College English department shares a college event from Feb. 2:
"Tuesday night, Dr. Darryl Brice presented a lecture at Whatcom Community College entitled 'Bread and Circuses: Exploring the Legacy of the 'Real' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.' as part of a series of events at WCC celebrating Black History Month. Brice, a sociologist and professor at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., spoke to an audience of students, faculty and community members about the work, life and history of Dr. King claiming that there is more to remember and examine beyond the 'dream' context.
"After the lecture, Brice fielded questions from the audience which led to further dialogue about the role of young people's involvement in issues of social justice and continuance of the work of Dr. King.
"The presentation series was sponsored by WCC Student Programming and Diversity Board and the WCC Ethnic Student Association. The presentation series is the first of its kind at Whatcom's campus, serving as the kick off for events throughout the month of February examining and celebrating black history past and present."
The Bellingham Public School Foundation recently awarded $14,000 in school grants, according to a press release from executive director Gennie Clawson.
"Through the generosity of parents, local businesses, staff and community members," she said, "gifts to the foundation continue to help the district meet needs and offer opportunities for assistance, augmentation and innovation throughout Bellingham Public Schools."
Here's the list of schools and what the funding supports:
Alderwood: After-school activity bus funding to support extended and enrichment learning;
Columbia: Access to online math resources to allow intervention within and beyond the school day;
Cordata: Specialized seating for students with extraordinary physical/sensory needs;
Carl Cozier: Support for school garden;
Geneva: Equipment in support of expanded physical education emphasizing lifelong games;
Happy Valley: Author Nick James returns to provide writing instruction and inspiration to all grades;
Larrabee: Hands-on cultural workshop and Larrabee Young Author publishing project;
Lowell: Support for leadership development program, "Leader in Me;"
Northern Heights: Classroom sensory support materials to both improve specific disruptive behavior and enhance overall classroom learning;
Parkview: Reading strategy enhancement via record and playback;
Roosevelt: Arts center stools with artistic design painted by students;
Silver Beach: Materials and supplies to support school-wide afterschool enrichment;
Sunnyland: Books for an expanded summer reading program for all students;
Wade King: Teacher professional development around writing;
Fairhaven: Differentiation support via HCL, RTI and COMPASS programs;
Kulshan: Kulshan to College experiences for AVID students to develop and apply college readiness skills;
Shuksan: Student recognition program reinforcing good choices and positive behavior;
Whatcom: School garden greenhouse;
Bellingham high: Non-fiction literature and 3D brain anatomy model;
Options high: Student recognition program materials and supplies;
Sehome high: Scientific calculator loaner bank;
Squalicum high: Scholarship dollars enabling kids in AP classes to take the end-of-course exams and earn college credits.
To contribute, go to foundation.bellinghamschools.org.
-- Pipe band drummer Steven Wheeler of Bellingham shares that he won the gold medal in the highest amateur division of the North American Solo Championships held Jan. 10. in Kansas City, Mo. Steven is a student at Western Washington University and drumming instructor for the Bellingham Firefighter pipe band.
-- Matthew Moeller, a ninth-grader at Washington Virtual Academy, spent the week of Feb. 3 in Olympia as a Senate page, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen of the 42nd Legislative District. Matthew, the son of Mark and Melissa Moeller of Everson, enjoys participating in 4-H, and is part of the debate club. After high school, he hopes to pursue a career in web design.
-- Greg Beatty of Bellingham won first place in the adult division of the Arlington Eagle Festival haiku contest, according to Virginia Hatch of the Arlington Arts Council, which sponsored the event. His entry: walking by water, eagle shadows flash over, for a breath I'm prey.
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