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Dear Friend,

Please join me at this year's Be the Bridge Spring Benefit on March 23rd – our biggest event of the year! This is a time when we come together as a community to celebrate the work that Lake Washington Schools Foundation does to enhance learning, support wellness, build connections, and remove barriers for students in the Lake Washington School District.

If you are a parent, staff member, volunteer, or community member who shares our passion for creating a brighter future for all LWSD students, I urge you to attend.

Not only will we have some exciting guests in attendance, but we will also share inspiring stories of success and progress made possible by the generosity of our community. This event is sure to leave you feeling inspired, empowered, and more connected to your community.

Keep scrolling for an exclusive sneak peek of the event program!

Thank you for your continued support of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Together, we can Be the Bridge for our students, schools, and families.

Picture of Katy Philips, LWSF Executive Director

With gratitude,

Katy Philips signature

Executive Director
Lake Washington Schools Foundation

P.S. Donors who contribute $350 or more in this school year will be invited to our Donor Appreciation Happy Hour!


Be the Bridge Emcee Returns

We are thrilled to welcome back Morgan Palmer, Chief Meteorologist at KIRO-7 News, as our emcee! Morgan is the recipient of the highly esteemed television Seals of Approval awarded by both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

Hear from LWSD Leadership

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

How We Enhance Learning

Listen as Robyn, a 7th grade student, and Liz Haggerty, an LWSD teacher-librarian, speak about the significance of the Inclusive Libraries grant and the importance of students seeing themselves and peers represented on school library shelves.

How We Build Connections

Discover how we helped Tanya, an Eastlake High School student, establish rewarding connections and overcome pandemic-related challenges, with the help of our Kids Coming Together program.

Our Work, Behind-the-Scenes

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

How We Support Wellness

We'll hear from staff members who, after participating in Youth Mental Health First Aid training, were given the skills and confidence to identify and support students experiencing mental health challenges.

All donations $250 or more will be matched dollar for dollar, up to the first $35,000! Thank you to our generous Be the Bridge matching pool donors:
Catherine Boeger
Tim and Michele Campbell
Evelyn De Cerce
Jonathan Heuer and Jean Liu
Jana Koeberle
Denny Lee and Hua-Ping Yang
The Remak Family

You could even triple the impact of your contribution with a matching gift from your employer! Visit our Matching Gifts page to check whether your company will match your donation.


Kirkland Middle School Builds a More Inclusive Library Collection

Last year, Kirkland Middle School was one of the first LWSD schools to participate in the Inclusive Libraries project, funded by Lake Washington Schools Foundation as part of its 5-year grant commitment to increase the diversity of every school’s library collection across the district.

Recently, we made a visit to the school library to view its collection of 110 newly-purchased books. We also took the opportunity to sit down with Teacher-Librarian, Liz Haggerty, to learn more about how the grant has impacted Kirkland Middle School and its students.

Read the full article to view photos of some of the books and to find out what Liz had to say.


LWSF Program Updates

Balance in Mind works with community partners to raise awareness about emotional and mental health challenges facing our youth, to empower parents, and to build communities where our kids grow up healthy, resilient and equipped for life. Register for upcoming Parent Chats.

  • March 15: Thoughts, Feelings, Then Action: Building Children's Skills to Successfully Handle Challenges using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • April 5: Asking About Suicide: What Caregivers Need To Know

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 a 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.

  • Mar 8: Make Bracelets for Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Mar 15: St. Patrick's Day Cookies to Thank the City​
  • Mar 22: Clean and Dress Dolls for KidVantage
  • TEEN-ONLY EVENT on Mar 13: What Can We Make For Others?

Our 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.

Find Your Fit is a resource to help students and parents understand the next best steps in the college planning process. Register for upcoming events and access webinar recordings.

  • March 16: What You Need to Know About High School and Beyond (designed for middle school families)

#LWSF Gives Thanks

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

It's not too late to become a sponsor! Email jamie@lwsf.org 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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