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.
Pantry Packs and more available for students during school closure
In addition to free breakfasts and lunches available to all kids 1-18 and weekend Pantry Packs, school staff members, families and PTSAs are helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating food and funds to help ensure students receive support during this difficult time.
Families can pick up a Pantry Pack on Fridays at one of the Grab & Go middle school drop-off locations. If possible, please fill out the order form from 2 p.m. Thursdays to 8 a.m. Fridays to ensure availability.
Interested in donating food, funds or your time? Find more information on the Lake Washington School Foundation's Pantry Pack page.
Clara Barton Elementary
A gift that continues to give! Earlier this month, Clara Barton Elementary surprised crews and volunteers at the Open Kitchen Redmond with coffee and treats. This was made possible by the coordination of Mrs. Lovatt, Barton’s school counselor, Myla Rugge, a Barton parent and staff at a local Starbucks. During this school closure, Open Kitchen Redmond has been serving our students and families by donating food boxes. The team is currently renewing their efforts in order to raise money to support our families during the summer. Thank you, Open Kitchen!
Robert Frost Elementary school counselor Brynn Nielsen and the school mascot, Rocky the Roadrunner, set up at the school to distribute Pantry Packs to families in need. In addition to weekly Pantry Packs, staff and volunteers at Frost have been handing out an average of 60 extra packs a week since school buildings closed in March.
Redmond High School
Through April 10, RHS collected over 1,000 items, serving over 16 families and 40 students, with numbers expected to grow. Between staff and PTSA donations, RHS has been able to provide three bags of groceries a week to each family. RHS has a team who has taken the lead in organizing the packs: Dean of Students, Trina Gilday, counselor Ellen Zambrowsky-Huls, Instructional Assistant, Pamela Kelly and parking manager, Dan Handschin. Teams of drivers then deliver the groceries to students’ homes. The volunteer delivery teams, including teachers and administrators, follow the social distancing protocols established by LWSD.
As soon as the first school closures were announced, the staff and community at Redmond Elementary School began a food drive to ensure no students would go hungry. In addition to the weekly Pantry Packs, 70 families have been receiving supplementary food boxes each Tuesday, assembled from donations from our school community and community partners.
Families who are unable to pick up are receiving weekly deliveries, ensuring safety and social distancing measures are observed.