Today, October 12, is Indigenous People’s Day. Staff and students in the Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) are honoring the first inhabitants in the United States by acknowledging and commemorating their contributions, history and culture.
LWSD Season of Giving 2019
'Tis the Season of Giving in Lake Washington School District (LWSD). Each year schools and district buildings across LWSD think of ways to benefit those most in need during the holiday season. From food and toy drives to winter wishes assemblies, students and staff learn the best way to celebrate the season is by helping those who are less fortunate.
The items collected will be distributed to families in need throughout the area, including families right here in the LWSD. This list will be updated regularly to share what some of the schools are doing this year to make the season a little brighter:
Carson families donated gifts to local families in need for their Holiday Helping Hands event.
Clara Barton Elementary
Fifth graders Trishaa Khanna and Alina Botello-Valadares organized the school's first ever food drive for Hopelink. The school collected 300 pounds of food.
Emerson High School
The Emerson High School annual toy and gift card drive brought in over 100 items this year. Toys and gift cards were delivered to the Issaquah Eagles to distribute to local kids.
The Winter Wishes gift drive provided gifts for those in need.
Frost PTSA helped their teachers during the busy holiday season with a teachers gift wrapping event on December 16.
Horace Mann Elementary
Horace Mann launched a Comfort Packs program this year to help ensure their students feel supported during unforeseen disruptions to their normal schedule. Donations to fill the comfort packs were collected. The school also collected gift cards for Horace Mann families that are in need this holiday season.
Families in the Juanita community donated gift cards to help provide a special holiday meal or gift for Juanita families in need.
Lake Washington High School
Loyalty Club, a seniors’ service club, hosted its annual Holiday Baskets food drive. More than 4,300 pounds of food were delivered to the Rainier Valley Food Bank and Hopelink.
LWSD Leadership Team
Four bags of clothing were collected and donated to Hopelink by the district leadership team.
LWSD Resource Center
The district’s Resource Center had a giving tree to collect toys, games and clothes to benefit Hopelink.
LWSD Support Services
The district’s support services staff donated items for fundraising baskets that raised $1,016 for United Way this year.
Bus drivers and transportation staff filled a bus with 1,002 new toys and goodies to benefit Hopelink at the Redmond Fred Meyer on December 8.
Muir had their first annual giving wreath to help their students and families in need throughout the holidays. They collected specific wishes and Muir community members were invited to fulfill.
Redmond High School
The school’s National Honor Society hosted its annual food and toiletries drive to supplement packs that are sent home to Redmond High School students in need. The drive received over 1900 food and toiletry items and over 39 gift cards.
Third graders and the student leadership team at Rockwell hosted a food drive for Hopelink. The school also brought in over $3,000 in gift cards to support families in need in the Rockwell community.
More than $1,300 in gift cards were donated to the school’s holiday gift card drive to benefit Rush families in need this season.
Rose Hill Middle School
Students and staff brought in 920 food items and monetary donations to benefit Hopelink.
Teachers at Smith had a sweater contest for Cush it to the Limit, an organization that raises funds to research rare blood cancers. Photos of teachers and staff in their sweaters were hung outside the office and students cast their vote with change.
Stella Schola’s National Junior Honor Society sponsored a Hopelink Food drive October 28-November 8 so food could be delivered in time for Thanksgiving. All 90 families contributed a total of 406 pounds of food for those in need this holiday season.
Thoreau hosted their annual mitten drive for Hopelink, and a gift card drive to provide holiday help for students and families in the Thoreau community.
Twain’s annual Helping Hands drive provides gift cards to Twain families that could use some extra help around the holiday season.