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Dear Friend,

Just one week until the premiere of our Be the Bridge Spring Benefit!

Register now to watch the premiere at noon on Thursday, April 28. Our short program will take you behind-the-scenes with teachers, students, and volunteers, and dig deeper into the LWSF-funded diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts underway in our district.

Exclusively for our email subscribers, below is a SNEAK PEEK of Be The Bridge.

This is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and you don't have to wait to make your contribution. Thanks to the generosity of our matching pool donors, any gift of $200 or more will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the first $28,500! Make your contribution now >>>>

New this year, donors who contribute $350 or more in this school year will be invited to our Donor Appreciation Happy Hour on June 2.

Thank you for your support of students, schools, and families through the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Together, we can be the bridge.

Picture of Katy Philips, LWSF Executive Director

With gratitude,

Katy Philips signature

Executive Director
Lake Washington Schools Foundation

P.S. Can't watch the Be the Bridge premiere at noon on April 28? Grab a ticket anyway. It will be available to stream on-demand at www.lwsf.org/bethebridge.


This year, we are thrilled to welcome Morgan Palmer, Chief Meteorologist at KIRO 7 News, as our emcee. Morgan will take us on an exciting journey to discover the work our Foundation is doing in to make an impact on students in our community right now!

Watch our high-impact, year-round programs at work to feed hungry children, reduce youth depression and anxiety, mentor young students, help kids build meaningful friendships, build future leaders, and prepare students for college.

Dive deep into our 5-year investment into training school librarians and expanding materials to ensure that all LWSD students can see themselves and their peers reflected in diverse and culturally authentic library collections.

We'll hear from Kai Vanderlip, a junior at Tesla STEM High School and recipient of a recent LWSF grant. Be inspired by Kai's efforts to promote social justice through his work with K-5 students at LWSD elementary school libraries.

Discover how our investment in a weekly Spanish video newsletter is supporting our community of Spanish-speaking and Latinx families through thoughtful and culturally-relevant communications.

Learn about the dedication and hard work that our middle school students put into preparing for Battle of the Books, and view clips from the District Battle as finalists use their keen knowledge of books to compete for a top spot!

Listen to our District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, describe the impact of Lake Washington School Foundation's work on the academic success and emotional wellbeing of students throughout our district.

Relax and enjoy pre-show musical entertainment at 11:45am by The Royals, a jazz band comprised of students from Tesla STEM and Eastlake High Schools.

Be captivated by inspirational and visually breathtaking video content, created by our producer, Eli Corriveau, co-founder of HotSpark Media and an alum of Lake Washington School District.

All donations $200 and more will be matched dollar for dollar, up to the first $28,500! We are grateful for the following donors who contributed to our matching pool:
Ben and Nancy Remak
Hua-Ping Yang and Denny Lee
Jonathan Heuer and Jean Liu
Tim and Michele Campbell
Norman and Susan Seabrooks
Irene and Jorg Neumann
Evelyn De Cerce
Katy Philips

Building Inclusive Library Collections

Lake Washington Schools Foundation is excited to announce our partnership in the district's equity efforts through the commitment of a 5-year grant to increase the diversity of library collections across the district. Our ability to partner in this important work is a testament to the generosity and loyalty of our donors.

As part of our grant, district librarians will receive training to perform diversity audits of the fiction collections in their libraries, and to take action to broaden the diversity represented in these collections. Funding will be provided to each librarian to select and purchase new books based on needs identified in their diversity audit.

Through our partnership with the district, our hope is that every student will be able to see themselves and their peers represented in more inclusive and expanded library collections. 

To learn more and to hear directly from librarians on the importance of this endeavor, RSVP to watch our spring benefit!


LWSF Program Updates

Balance in Mind hosts "Parent Chats" with mental health experts to discuss pressing topics surrounding youth mental wellness. Upcoming Parent Chats include Anxiety in Elementary Aged Children, Understanding Anger, and Taming Screen Time. Register here.

LINKS Lunch Buddies connects students with caring adult mentors. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain from their mentoring relationship are as substantial as those for their mentees. Consider becoming a mentor and making the world of a difference to a local student. 

Kids Coming Together community service events are great opportunities for children grades 3-8 to meet new friends and connect with their community. Register for upcoming events.

In March, our Pantry Packs program assembled and distributed 3,131 weekend food packs to food-insecure students throughout the district. You can support our students by donating via our Amazon Wish List.

Find Your Fit is a resource to help students and parents understand the next best steps in the college planning process. Register now for our Executive Functioning Skills webinar on May 5.


#LWSF Gives Thanks

We are incredibly grateful for the generous sponsorship of our Be the Bridge Spring Benefit from the following corporate partners:


Thinking of holding a "watch party" for the event? Here are some tips from one of our long-time event sponsors, Waste Management, on how to host a zero-waste event at home.


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