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RHMS ecosystem restoration project

The sixth graders at Rose Hill Middle School worked on an exciting new unit on ecosystems restoration in science this fall. During this unit, students not only learned what makes a healthy forest ecosystem but also got the opportunity to plan and execute their very own restoration project for a damaged ecosystem on Rose Hill’s campus.

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD’s) 2021-22 Budget has earned the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award (MBA). This award promotes and recognizes excellence in budget presentation in school districts. LWSD has received this award five years in a row. LWSD is the only district in the state of Washington to receive this award.

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    Season of Giving

    Season of Giving

     

    '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. They do so by holding food or clothing drives, or collecting items to donate to others in the community. The items collected are distributed to families and non-profit organizations throughout the area.

    This list will be updated regularly to share what some of the schools are doing this year to make the season a little brighter:

    Teachers helping teachers – Communities helping communities

    The staff and community at Horace Mann Elementary have taken the Season of Giving to help refill the classrooms and library at Sumas Elementary after the devastating flooding in November. When Mann staff member, Lisa Lange, saw the images of the classrooms of Sumas Elementary posted on social media by Jillian Mercer (a Redmond High School graduate and student teacher at the school), she could not help but think what it would be like if it happened to her classroom. With the images stuck in her head, she reached out to the Mann staff and together a team of educators organized a book drive. Over 2000 books were collected and sorted and are ready to be sent to Sumas Elementary!

    Mann Book Drive 2021

     

    Food voucher drive for LWSD

    The pandemic continues to create financial instabilities for our families. Help provide food security this holiday season by donating to the LWSD Safeway Food Voucher Drive. Your donation can help make this time of year warmer and brighter. Donate between Thursday, December 9 and January 31, 2022 (extended from December 17) to help ensure no family goes hungry!

    Donations can be made on the Nourishing Networks website.

    LWSD Food Voucher Drive

    Lake Washington High School toy drive for Seattle Children's Hospital

    This year, the Lake Washington High School DECA chapter collected over 40 toys to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital.

    LWHS DECA toy drive
     

    Frost Elementary's Rocky the Roadrunner strikes again!

    The Frost Elementary PTSA coordinated a gift drive this year for families in need. The drive supported over 80 kids in over 40 families this holiday with toys, books, clothes, coats and shoes!

    Frost Elementary Season of Giving 2021

    Audubon Elementary's Holiday Helping Hands drive

    Audubon Elementary's PTSA continues to go above and beyond for the Audubon community. The PTSA, in coordination with counselor Monique Peckham, organized a Holiday Helping Hands program to purchase holiday gifts for families in need of additional support this holiday season. Community members are invited to sign up to purchase designated gifts and bring them unwrapped to school between December 13-15.

    Lake Washington High School Key Club food drive

    Lake Washington High School's Key Club collected over 1000 items during their food drive!

    Twain Elementary families get Helping Hands this holiday season

    Through the week of December 6 support Twain families in need by donating to the Helping Hands Gift Card Drive. With your support, the Twain PTSA will be collecting gift cards from Fred Meyer and Target for Twain families that could use some extra help around the holiday season.

    Ben Franklin Elementary Winter Wishes!

    Through December 10, Ben Franklin Elementary is holding its Winter Wishes tradition. Families are invited to get a gift tag to donate the requested gift to community members in need. We are giving away 227 gifts tags for our community. It is always remarkable to see our community come together to support one another by showing kindness.

    Redmond High School National Honor Society food drive

    The National Honor Society and RHS raised over 2,700 non-perishable food items for students with food insecurities during their December food drive.

    RHS Food Pantry

     

    Lakeview Elementary winter coat and PTSA gift card drive

    Lakeview Elementary's counselor, Sarah Cue, collected 28 coats during their winter coat drive this year. The PTSA also collected gift cards.

    Lakeview Coat Drive

    Emerson High School's Toys for Tots drive

    Emerson High School is collecting gifts for Toys for Tots December 2 through 10. Gifts will be delivered by December 15.

    Samantha Smith Elementary drive-thru light display and toy drive

    On December 2, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Samantha Smith Elementary PTSA held a drive-thru light display celebrating winter holiday traditions. People are also brought toys to donate to Eastside Fire Department toy drive.

    Smith holiday lights drive thru and toy drive

    Juanita High School Feeding America Food Drive!

    Through November 19, Juanita High School's Deca, National Honor Society and Key Club student organizations parntered to collect food and funds to donate to those in need in the community. During its drive, the school collected a total of 1,062 pounds of food (885 meals) and $734.36 (3,670 meals) in cash donations. It came to a total of 4,555 meals being provided for Feeding America and its affiliates!

    JHS Feeding America Food Drive

    Redmond Elementary Family Resource Fair

    With the donations and hard work of our families, students and staff, Redmond Elementary’s Family Resource Fair connected our families with food, clothing and community resources. Agencies including HealthPoint, Hopelink, Youth Eastside Services, Open Kitchen and Kindering, as well as our PTSA came together on November 18 to meet our families. Our staff and students sorted and packaged hundreds of donated food and clothing items to offer winter support – and we look forward to our Spring Resource Fair to do it again!

    Redmond Elementary Family Resource Fair

    United Way campaign has another strong year – LWSD employees raise nearly $50,000!

    The annual United Way campaign wrapped up on November 5, and staff members did a great job of chipping in to help families across King County. Employees raised a total of $49,715. Thank you to everyone for their contributions and participation. The money will go a long way in serving those in need throughout King County as well as students and families right here in our district.

    United Way Logo