I was surprised to learn recently that even though we Bellinghamsters value education and can rightly take pride in our public schools, our local taxes alone are not enough to fully fund our school system. In fact, a significant portion of Bellingham’s school budget comes from the state. Unfortunately, that percentage has been shrinking in recent years. The result is a funding gap that has far-reaching consequences for local school districts. And while politicians argue about who’s responsible, it’s our kids who are paying the price. This is just plain wrong.
Fortunately, there’s a simple way for ordinary citizens to make a real difference right now. The Bellingham Public Schools Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting our local public schools. This year the foundation hopes to raise $200,000 with its annual Promise Campaign, money that will help to fund important educational programs that affect every student in the district. Whether or not you have school-age children, this is an issue that touches all of us in so many ways, both now and in the future. You can learn more about Bellingham Public Schools Foundation and the Promise Campaign at bellinghamschoolsfoundation.org. Please join me in making a gift today.