Spring may be a break for some, but it's one of the Foundation's busiest seasons.
Thanks to everyone who helped our March benefit luncheon raise more than $210,000. If you donated and your employer offers matching gifts, don't forget to submit your donation for a match. Just this week we received nearly $3,000 in corporate matches for the spring lunch.
March also marked the deadline for our Reach for Success grant applications. The evaluation process is underway and we'll be notifying applicants of their status by the end of the school year.
Did you miss the application deadline? Keep in mind that we occasionally make off-cycle grants. Last week, in fact, we awarded $1,000 to Juanita High School to help with fees for students taking Cambridge exams.
Reducing financial obstacles to educational opportunities is a priority for us. If you agree, you'll be interested in our new FAN campaign to sponsor need-based summer school scholarships in the LWSD. With the district's newly expanded programming options, summer school really is for everyone. With the community's support, we'll make sure that finances are no barrier to participation.
We're also helping local students pay for college. In a couple of days, we'll be announcing the deserving recipients of two $10,000 LWSF college scholarships. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to hear the announcement when it happens.
We're committed to ensuring that all kids in the LWSD achieve their full potential. With your support, we'll continue to help students achieve success in and out of the classroom.
Lake Washington Schools Foundation
P.S. I'm leading a Youth Mental Health First Aid seminar on May 24 and 25 at Juanita High School. Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
Right now, this class is for teachers and staff, but space may be available for other community members. If there's enough interest, we could add another session. Let me know if you're interested.
Lake Washington Schools Foundation luncheon focuses on ‘bridging gaps’
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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Bridge The Gap
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