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Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.

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    LINKS Volunteer Program

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    LINKS Lunch Buddy Program

    The LINKS (Looking into the Needs of Kids and Schools) volunteer program is part of the Lake Washington School District (LWSD), with additional funding provided by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. LINKS matches interested applicants with volunteer opportunities in our schools. As a LINKS volunteer, you provide additional support needed by students to achieve academic and personal success now and in the future.

    Make a difference in the life of a child: become a LINKS Lunch Buddy

    A mentor is someone who serves as a friend, coach, role model or guide. In the LINKS Lunch Buddy Program, we bring students together with caring adults. Mentors come during school hours once a week and spend the lunch hour in a pre-assigned area to eat, play games, make crafts, talk and do other agreed-upon activities. Mentors provide social-emotional support to students who need a little extra one-on-one attention. Studies have shown that children with mentors are more likely to succeed.

    Apply to be a LINKS Lunch Buddy

    LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors receive support for a smooth start

    If you applied to be a LINKS Lunch Buddy, a two-hour mentor orientation is required to support a successful experience. Upcoming orientation dates are listed below.

    To sign up for an orientation, contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at 425-936-1410 with the date you will be attending.

    Orientation may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Please check the "Upcoming orientations" section below one week before your scheduled training date to confirm the meeting has not been rescheduled.

    LINKS Lunch Buddy Program FAQ

    Contact Information

    Victoria Goetze-Nelson
    LINKS Program Coordinator
    vgoetzenelson@lwsd.org
    425-936-1410

    LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors share their experiences