RHS Concert BandL Music in Our Schools Month

Lake Washington School District has a strong and active music program, with classes for everyone from beginners to students with years of experience. These young musicians perform in concerts, festivals, and in the community throughout the year, which prepares them for continuing their musical journeys in high school and beyond.

Redmond, Wash. - Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has proposed repurposing levy funds from the 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy. These funds would be used to rebuild and enlarge Rockwell Elementary School. They were originally planned to be used to build a new elementary school on the Redmond Elementary campus.



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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