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Dear Friend,

Where were you as the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve? As I counted down the final moments of 2022, I couldn't help but feel grateful for all the joys, large and small, in life. 

This deep sense of gratitude I feel extends to the work we have been able to achieve at Lake Washington Schools Foundation, which earned us recognition as a valued community partner at November's LWSD Superintendent's Community Leaders Breakfast. It is because of our unwavering community of supporters, who believe in our dedication to remove barriers, support wellness, build connections, and enhance learning in the district, that we are able to achieve such success. I am truly inspired by all of you.

Speaking of feeling inspired, there is no profession more deserving of admiration than that of our educators, who spend their days shaping the minds of the next generation, imparting not just knowledge but also the values, skills, and character that our young people will carry with them throughout their lives.

On this Valentine's Day, I hope you will take the opportunity to send our teachers and staff members a special token of appreciation. When they receive our inspirational postcard or lapel pin in the mail, or see their name displayed on our virtual Wall of Love, they will be reminded of the positive difference they make in the world.

Picture of Katy Philips, LWSF Executive Director

With gratitude,

Katy Philips signature

Executive Director
Lake Washington Schools Foundation


Honor a Teacher with a Valentine

This Valentine's Day, let teachers and staff know you care. For a limited time, when you make a donation to Lake Washington Schools Foundation in a teacher or staff member's honor, we'll put their name on our virtual Wall of Love, send them this year's inspirational postcard, or even include a limited-edition enamel pin.

Visit www.lwsf.org/valentine to make your selections. Your order supports the Foundation's work and brightens a staff member's day! 

Donations must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, to allow time for processing.


Webinar: Why Kids Self-Harm and How You Can Help

If you have a child that is struggling with self-harm, what you do and how you respond matters. Join our virtual Parent Chat on January 18, where guest speaker Michelle Mitchell will discuss how to prevent, understand and respond to self-harm. 

An award-winning speaker and bestselling parenting author, Michelle Mitchell is highly sought after for her compassionate and grounded advice for parenting tweens and teens. 

Join this special parent chat event on January 18 at 7pm, over Zoom. Register at www.lwsf.org/parentchat 


SAVE THE DATE: Our In-Person Spring Luncheon is Back!

We are delighted to announce a return to tradition: once again, Lake Washington Schools Foundation's spring benefit will be held as an in-person luncheon on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at noon! Join us for this event and discover how we're activating our mission by removing barriers, building connections, enhancing learning, and supporting wellness for students in the Lake Washington School District. 

Registration opens soon at www.lwsf.org/bethebridge

Passionate about supporting students in our community?

  • Support our efforts by becoming a Table Captain for the luncheon! Contact Jamie Holland to learn more.
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor for this event and play a vital part in enhancing the lives of students and their families.  Check out our sponsorship packages and reach out to Jamie Holland to find the right package for you!

Supporting Families In Need

At Lake Washington Schools Foundation, we are committed to finding ways to help families in need and are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, we were able to contribute​ $50,000 in the fall to​ LWSD Families Helping Families, a district program that provides food vouchers to food-insecure students over school holiday breaks.

As part of our efforts to remove barriers and promote student stability, we also donated $14,500 to Assistance League of the Eastside's Operation School Bell. These funds were used to directly support LWSD students facing hardship by providing them with new clothes and shoes, books, school supplies, medications, and groceries.


LWSF Program Updates

Find Your Fit is a resource to help students and parents understand the next best steps in the college planning process. Upcoming Events include:

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 their International Cooking Event on January 29. 

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. 

The Pantry Packs Program serves hundreds of food-insecure students every week through the distribution of weekend food packs. You can support Pantry Packs by donating food directly through our Amazon Wish List, or by registering to be notified of future packing opportunities.

Balance in Mind is excited to unveil its winter season of Parent Chat topics. Register at www.lwsf.org/parentchat for the following topics:

  • Feb 1: Grit and Gratitude: A Positive Impact on Mental Health
  • Mar 1: How to Talk to Your Teen About Body Image and Eating Habits
  • Apr 5: Asking About Suicide: What Caregivers Need To Know

Sold-out Breakfast with Santa Raises Money for LWSD Community

The weather outside was frightful, but the Breakfast with Santa at Serious Pie was oh so delightful!

Over $1,400 was raised on Saturday, December 10, by a partnership of local businesses that care about Lake Washington School District students. Serious Pie Totem LakeThe Sweetside, and The Village at Totem Lake joined efforts to run a sold-out Breakfast with Santa event, with all proceeds benefiting local students through the work of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.


You May Be Eligible for Corporate Matching Gifts!

Did you know that thousands of companies will match donations made by employees to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation? Many will also donate money for every hour that employees volunteer with us.

Last year, these matching gift programs added $50,000 to our budget!

We hope you'll take a few extra minutes to visit our Matching Gifts page to see if your company offers employee giving grants — grants that could equal hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars for the nonprofit organizations and educational institutions you care about – like us! 


#LWSF gives thanks

Through grants, sponsorships, and gifts, corporate and foundation partners make our work possible. We are honored and grateful for the recent support from the following donors and grantors:

Does your company support education in the local community? Become a corporate sponsor for our 2023 Be the Bridge Spring Benefit and play a vital part in enhancing the lives of students and their families. Check out our sponsorship packages and reach out to Jamie Holland to find the right package for you!


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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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