Be The Bridge Spring Benefit

Over $245,300 raised for LWSD students!

Thank you to those who were able to attend the Be the Bridge Spring Benefit on March 23. Our generous sponsors and donors combined their efforts to raise OVER $245,300 for local students!

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the committed Trustees, Table Captains, Ambassadors, Program Leaders, volunteers, and matching pool donors who were instrumental in making this day a success. Thank you to everyone who spoke at or was interviewed or filmed for our Be the Bridge program, especially our MC Morgan Palmer. And if you need a video producer, there’s no one better than Eli Corriveau of HotSpark Media.

We are humbled by your support for students, schools, and families through the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Together, we can be the bridge.

View Featured Clips from Be the Bridge

Strategic Areas of Focus

Learn how Lake Washington Schools Foundation activates its mission through four strategic areas of focus: remove barriers, build connections, enhance learning, and support wellness.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a training course that teaches adults the critical skills needed to recognize when a student is experiencing a mental health challenge and know what actions to take to get the student connected to the resources they need. Hear from LWSD teachers Haley Macinerney and Brian Healy, as they explain how this course has empowered them to make a significant impact on their students when it really mattered. Youth Mental Health First Aid is fully funded for Lake Washington School District teacher and staff through the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Learn more at

Kids Coming Together

In this short clip, watch Kids Coming Together in action and learn how this program helps kids build connections and serve their local community.

Event Speakers

Morgan Palmer, Chief Meteorologist, KIRO 7 News 

We are proud to welcome back Morgan Palmer as our emcee! Morgan holds the prestigious television Seals of Approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. 

Dr. Jon Holmen, LWSD Superintendent

Listen to 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.

Liz Haggerty, Teacher-Librarian at Kirkland Middle School

Liz Haggerty elaborates on the importance of the Inclusive Library grant in promoting diversity and inclusivity within school libraries, allowing them to better reflect the multifaceted makeup of the student body throughout our district.

Robyn Le, 7th grade student

Kamiakin Middle School student Robyn Le shares how it feels to witness herself and her fellow students being acknowledged and represented through books on the school library shelves, thanks to the Inclusive Libraries grant.

Tanya Nair, 10th grade student

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

Dr. Danit Erlich, Mental Health and Wellness Educator

An expert in understanding social behaviors among pre-teens and teens, Dr. Danit Erlich will discuss the state of youth mental health, and her experience in facilitating Youth Mental Health First Aid classes for LWSD teachers and staff.

Are you passionate about supporting students in the 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!

Be the Bridge is sponsored in part by:

Cornerstone General Contractors
Overlake Medical Center & Clinics
Lydig Construction