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All In For Kids | Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Dear Friend,

Happy Holidays from all of us at Lake Washington Schools Foundation!

I wouldn't want to repeat it, but 2020 has been an enlightening year. We've learned how much we can take, and how much we need each other. We've learned how to reach out, and how to accept help.

At LWSF, we've been able to do more than ever for local kids, pivoting most of our programs to go virtual and doing the rest safely. It's all thanks to donors just like you, who are the strength of any community's ability to provide for its most vulnerable.

(Want to make one last gift before the tax deadline? Click here to make a year-end contribution to kids.)

Corporations and foundations, too, have responded to the increased need in our region. This network of support has allowed us to be nimble and responsive.

In fact, LWSF has just paid off student lunch debt for all students who qualify for free or reduced lunches in the Lake Washington School District, giving hundreds of families a fresh start with a "zero balance" in the new year. 

We've also embarked on a partnership to train 150 LWSD teachers and staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training helps adults working with students recognize and respond to children and adolescents who are experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

It's been a tough, uncertain year, but we're pulling through. Let's keep going and stick together. We will find ourselves stronger and more resilient on the other side. 

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Interim Executive Director
Lake Washington Schools Foundation

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Pantry Packs logo

Pantry Packs needs your help!

Due to the pandemic and supply chain issues, Pantry Packs is having difficulty obtaining 15 oz canned chilli/pasta meals (with 7+ grams of protein) and 8 oz single serve, shelf stable milk. Help fill the gap by making a donation to their Milk and Meals Food Drive!

Milk and Meals Food Drive
12pm-2pm Wednesdays & Saturdays through December 19

Please sign up for a day and time to drop off your donation so that we can maintain social distancing.

We are also so grateful to the customers and corporate office of the Bridle Trails Grocery Outlet who not only made a monetary donation, they also donated over 3,500 canned meals! 

Thank to our caring community who have already donated and for helping us close the gap on student hunger!



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Balance in Mind offers mental health support for LWSD families!

Balance in Mind, powered by LWSF, hosts "Parent Chats" with mental-health experts to discuss pressing topics surrounding youth mental wellness. New topic every other week!

Creating Space for Joy
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30pm

  • Prioritizing joy over achievement
  • Fostering motivation and success through joy
  • Cultivating a family of happiness
  • Click here to sign up!

Do you have a teen who could use some extra support this school year? Follow @balance.in.mind on Instagram!

Mindful Moments with Marrie

Does your teen have stress? Anxiety? Chat with Marrie every second Wednesday at 9pm to learn some new tips. She is here for YOU!

Real Talk

Listen to young adults share their own life stories about relationships, depression, anxiety, self-care tips and more every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 4:30pm on Instagram LIVE!

Kids Coming Together

LINKS continues to impact elementary school students!

Typically you'd find a mentor and their lunch buddy hanging out during the lunch hour enjoying crafts, easy conversation, or another interactive activity all in support of the social-emotional development of a young student.

Under the pandemic, the program has shifted to carefully monitored emails, letters and video chats. We know this program is making a difference with student survey results showing that these kids enjoy spending time with their Lunch Buddy and feel that their Lunch Buddy cares about them.

We are very appreciative of the mentors and hardworking LWSD staff for giving the opportunity to these students to remain connected with their mentor especially in a time they may need it most.

Get college-ready with Find Your Fit!

LWSF's Find Your Fit program is a resource to help students and parents understand the next best steps in the college application process.

A common source of stress and anxiety for students is standardized testing (ACT and SAT). COVID-19 had many colleges go test-optional or test-blind this year. Join independent college counselor, Mary Pat O'Neil and guest speaker Matt Steiner of Compass Test Prep for a discussion on standardized testing on January 13th at 7pm.

Standardized Testing - What Now?
Wednesday, January 13 from 7pm-8pm

Learn how test scores are used in the admission process, the differences between the two tests and strategies behind submitting or not submitting test scores. Free to attend, only prior registration required!

Through grants, sponsorships, and gifts, corporate and foundation partners make our work possible. This month, we thank:

  • Boeing Global Engagement for sponsoring the purchase of a significant stock of stylus pens for students.
  • OneRedmond and Whole Foods Kirkland team members for selecting the Lake Washington Schools Foundation to receive operational support grants.
  • Amazon, Sodexo, Grocery Outlet, Windermere Foundation, Sotheby's International Realty and Puget Sound Energy Foundation for their generous support of Pantry Packs.

At the Pantry Packs Warehouse, receiving donation from the Windermere Foundation!

Happy Holidays!


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Lake Washington Schools Foundation
Driving 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Mailing PO Box 83, Redmond, WA 98073
Phone 425 936 1414 | Fax 425 936 1449 info@lwsf.org

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation gathers and deploys community resources to enhance academic access and to nurture all students' emotional well-being. LWSF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax identification number 55-0891792.
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