Apples are ripening, you need your heavier coat, and traffic is snarled (worse than usual). Welcome back to fall in the Northwest!
We love this season here at the Lake Washington Schools Foundation because we get to run our annual campaign to help kids Start Strong. A hearty thank-you to the compassionate donors who helped us raise $40,000 for programs to benefit children in our schools. (Did you want to give to this campaign or share the link with someone who might? Click here).
The Start Strong campaign benefits programs like Pantry Packs, our volunteer-run weekend food program that undertook a big move to a new storage facility off Willows Road over the summer. Want to get involved? Check out our Pantry Packs information page, especially the links at the bottom of the page. You'll find everything you need to run a food drive, volunteer at a packing party, or get your child signed up to receive a pack.
Have you submitted your charitable contributions to your employer for a match? Many local employers match employees' charitable contributions dollar-for-dollar. Ask your human resource or employee services manager for details on how to submit your donation for a match. Let me know if you need a fresh receipt for your last donation to LWSF.
Finally, I want to send a special thanks to Darrin Helfrecht, Director of Nutrition Services for the Lake Washington School District through Sodexo, who volunteers his time to write (and win!) grants for Pantry Packs. Three cheers for Darrin!
Lake Washington Schools Foundation
P.S. Cookies for Kids is back! Chick-fil-A Totem Lake is donating $0.25 to LWSF for every Chocolate Chunk cookie sold at their location in October. Buy a treat for yourself or take a whole platter home this month from Chick-fil-A Totem Lake (12026 NE 124th St Kirkland WA 98034).
Save your shopping list! LWSF's 5% day at whole foods kirkland is October 18.
Thanks to the generosity of the Whole Foods philanthropic team, LWSF will receive 5% of net sales processed at their new Kirkland location on October 18. This amounts to several thousand dollars in a single day, and it's truly one of the easiest ways to make a donation to LWSF...just show up and shop!
What: Community Giving Day, 5% of all proceeds benefit LWSF
When: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Where: Whole Foods Kirkland, 12501 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
LWSF RAISES $40,000 IN START STRONG CAMPAIGN
October 8, 2018
Running a fundraising campaign in the first month of school is a tradition for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Raising $40,000 in a month almost entirely on an email-based community donations campaign, though, isn’t an easy task for a small non-profit.
“Without this funding, we can’t run our programs. Thankfully, our community has extraordinary compassion for kids in need,” notes Lake Washington Schools Foundation Executive Director Dr. Larry Wright. “When we tell people what we’re doing for children right here in the Lake Washington School District, most people want to help."
FIND YOUR FIT WITH OUR FREE COLLEGE WORKSHOPS!
Does your senior need help with her college application essay? Join Mary Pat O’Neil of True Fit College Counseling at a free workshop designed to help high school seniors craft a personal and compelling college application essay.
When: October 10, 2018 6:30pm-8pm
Where: LWSD Resource Center
When: October 17, 2018 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where: Redmond High School Library
Spaces are limited, so reserve your seat today!
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD FRIENDS.
p.s. bring your bags!
An easy way to give: use your reusable shopping bags when buying groceries at Whole Foods Redmond and tell them to donate your five-cent credit (per bag) to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. We're one of two selected recipients this quarter. Program runs through March 31, so remember your bags--and tell them to "Give it to LWSF!"
"mOM, I THINK MY FRIEND IS HOMELESS."
"I think they're sleeping in their car. Mom, do you think they can stay at our house sometimes, just so that they can have breath?”
Kim didn't hesitate. “Of course they can come over and stay with us, and get breath.”
“Breath” is a bit of shorthand between mother and daughter. In their household, “breath” can describe a space where one can manage some of life’s obstacles. Kim says that sometimes it’s about “finding your breath for a moment, and that will help you navigate whatever is overwhelming you.”
WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR CHILDREN, YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN DUCT TAPE.
Become a "FAN" and fund-a-need for music arts in local schools. Direct your support to the school or learning community of your choice, or make a general donation to support LWSD's circulating instrument library.
It's hard enough for a child to play a tuba. Let's make sure it isn't duct-taped.
Learn more about the need in your area...
register now for local college presentation on January 31, 2018
Get ready to think outside of the classic college box at this exciting presentation. Sign up today and arrive on time for a free chicken sandwich; this event will fill up!
reach for success with
classroom grants up to $3000
Need help with your Reach for Success application? Have questions about the program? Visit our information page for grant guidelines, frequently asked questions, and more.
reserve your seat at our annual benefit luncheon on march 27, 2018
This year, we're honored to welcome Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib as our guest speaker and the fabulous Grace Harrington has agreed to return as a student MC...with a little co-hosting help from KOMO meteorologist and Redmond High School alumna Shannon O'Donnell. Hear from an inspiring group of everyday philanthropists and learn just what it takes to build a bridge in our community.
Email us now to become a Table Captain or Corporate Sponsor. Only a few tables are left.
And remember⸺just one spring event this year!
Every Friday, all over the Lake Washington School District, more than eight hundred children will walk into their school counselor's office or open their locker and pick up a non-descript grocery bag filled with nourishing food.
If you donated to our fall campaign, Pantry Packs is one way you're making an impact. If you've given an unrestricted donation, you're also contributing to the steady progress a student makes while working with his Avid tutor, the connections made between a high schooler and his LINKs mentor, and dozens of other programs and grants.
Here, in Impact Update, we'll gather stories and report back to you on the impact you're having, and give you opportunities for more. I hope you enjoy this first issue.
Larry Wright, PhD
Lake Washington Schools Foundation
P.S. Reach out to me anytime--I'd love to hear your ideas.
one good kid inspires another.
So far, Barrett's page has raised nearly $1900 dollars in about a month’s time and received an additional $1,000 from GoFundMe when they selected Barrett as one of their Kid Heroes. He was also honored with an award given by his school at Rockwell Elementary. Barrett's mother said this award is given to students “who give their ‘Beagle Best’ by being safe, respectful, responsible, and kind in all aspects of school life.” He’s also participated in a Pantry Packs “packing party.” We asked Barrett about his future plans with helping Pantry Packs and he replied, “My idea for future ways to help Pantry Packs is to donate gift cards for groceries for breaks, especially Winter break!”
Thank you Barrett for all that you’ve accomplished. You are what makes the world a better place!
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Together, we can zero balance school lunch debt in the lwsd.
We know you care about children. We've seen your generosity before, in campaigns like Pantry Packs and others like it. This one's different. This time, we're asking you to give a little to make sure every family starts the new year with a Zero Balance.
A fresh start for all students. Isn't that the best gift you can imagine?
register now for local college presentation on January 31, 2018.
Lake Washington Schools Foundation is pleased to partner with Lake Washington Institute of Technology to present the next step in its "Find Your Fit" series. Free and open to all Lake Washington School District families, this presentation and Q&A session (with tours available after) will introduce the array of workforce-ready programs available at this vibrant local college.
Get ready to think outside of the classic college box at this exciting presentation. Sign up today; this event will fill up!
Register for event
"I'd tell them, hey, we've got 300 LWSD homeless students. They were like, 'Really?'"
You may have already heard of Pantry Packs by now but what about the volunteers that run it day in, day out? For this story, we chose to interview one of the Pantry Packs Volunteer Leadership Team Members, Marlene Vacknitz, to learn about the roots of Pantry Packs.
When Marlene first began advocating for the Eastside's homeless population, she'd chat with friends and colleagues about her work and was often stunned by the lack of awareness she encountered, even among well-intentioned and compassionate people who are were already working to help youth in the area.
save-the-date FOR OUR ANNUAL BENEFIT LUNCHEON ON MARCh 27, 2018
Mark your calendars for our biggest annual event. The Spring for Learning luncheon invites local philanthropists (that's you!) to engage with like-minded community members and be inspired by remarkable speakers while enjoying a fabulous luncheon at the Marriott Redmond.
This year, we're excited to welcome Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib as our guest speaker.
Email us now to become a Table Captain or Corporate Sponsor!
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