LINKS Lunch Buddy Program


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. LINKS matches interested applicants with volunteer opportunities in our schools. As a LINKS volunteer, you provide additional support needed by students to achieve academic and personal success now and in the future.

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A mentor is someone who serves as a friend, coach, role model or guide. 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 social-emotional support to students who need a little extra one-on-one attention. Studies have shown that children with mentors are more likely to succeed.  Interested in becoming a Lunch Buddy at Margaret Mead Elementary?  Click here or contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at or 425-936-1410

A smiling lunch buddy and student at Mead


A lunch buddy telling a story to a student while he eats lunch


A lunch buddy playing a card game with a student