Kudos: Explorations Academy launching global student exchange program

Three Chinese students will visit Bellingham from April 12 to May 1 as part of the first formal student exchange program between Explorations Academy in Bellingham and international schools in China.

The program is a pilot program. Explorations Academy hopes to officially begin welcoming international students into its Global Student Program for the 2015-2016 school year, according to a press release from the school.

Explorations Academy, an experiential high school, is working with staff members from the Blue Sea Academy and the Beijing Academy Charter School to make the program work. Emphasis on global issues is a core principle for Explorations Academy and school staff say this program marks a maturation point for the 20-year-old school.

The Chinese students will live with students from Explorations Academy, participate in classes, work in the school’s garden, and join students and faculty in a weeklong outdoor expedition in the San Juan Islands, according to the news release.

Haggen donates apples and beef to local charities

Haggen donated thousands of pounds of food locally and regionally in the last couple weeks. The grocery chain’s Take a Bite out of Hunger campaign donated 29,400 pounds of apples to Northwest Harvest in Snohomish on March 30. The nonprofit Northwest Harvest distributes food statewide. The next day, Haggen donated 15,680 pounds of apples to the Oregon Food Bank in Oregon City, Oregon.

Locally, Haggen partnered with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign. The partnership donated $24,800 worth of beef to the Bellingham Food Bank on April 8.

Wilson Motors wins award

Wilson Motors won Toyota’s 2014 President’s Award for customer service. The distinction acknowledges the dealership’s leadership in customer care, innovation, and product knowledge, Kazuo Ohara, Toyota CEO, said in a letter to the dealership.

Industrial Credit Union hosts free shred day April 18

Industrial Credit Union is hosting a free document shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Northwest Branch at 3233 Northwest Ave., in Bellingham. Whatcom County residents can shred up to three boxes of sensitive documents per person.


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