Amazing Reading Challenge

This year, elementary students from 22 different LWSD schools will be engaged in a program that aims to engage students in reading. The Amazing Reading Challenge kicks of the week of February 6 with in-school challenges.

Some schools open to LWSD students residing outside their attendance area

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) holds an open enrollment period each year for parents who want their children to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Parents may apply between February 1-28 for a change to their school assignment for the 2023-24 school year for their students in grades K-12. This option is also known as an In-District Variance



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    LINKS Lunch Buddy Program logo

    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.

    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 support to students who need a little extra one-on-one attention.

    LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors help students feel engaged, supported and challenged which can improve students' confidence and help students acquire the skills needed for lifelong success, in school and beyond. Studies have shown that children with mentors are more likely to succeed.

    Mentoring promotes

    • Increased self-esteem
    • Better social skills
    • Increased attendance
    • Fewer discipline referrals
    • Improved attitude towards school and the future
    • Improved grades

    Apply to be a LINKS Lunch Buddy

    LINKS Lunch Buddy mentor support

    LINKS Lunch Buddy Program FAQ

    Contact Information

    Victoria Goetze-Nelson
    LINKS Program Coordinator

    Benefits of being a LINKS Lunch Buddy mentor


    LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors share their experiences