Happy Valley Elementary School
Happy Valley Elementary School, located adjacent to Western Washington University, is in Bellingham, Washington, which is a growing community situated in the North Puget Sound. It serves an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population of approximately 400 students, in grades PK-5. It was created in 1956 when there was a need for a new school to house the kids of the growing population in the south side of Bellingham. When Happy Valley Elementary School opened in November 1956, to 203 students, it was surrounded by a rural atmosphere with cows and horses. Today, the school's population stands at 420 children with a teaching staff of approximately 30. The cows and horses are gone, as well as the fields, but the school remains as vital to this neighborhood as when it first opened.