The LINKS program is looking for caring adults to meet for one hour, one day a week with students who need a little extra one-on-one time. Lunch Buddies spend the lunch hour in a pre-assigned area to eat, play games, make crafts, talk, and do other agreed-upon activities. We ask Lunch Buddy mentors to commit for the school year (from the time you start to early June). The time depends on the age of the student but will be one hour somewhere between 11:30 and 1:00. There are lunch buddy programs in 15 elementary schools in Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish.
As we have returned to school in a remote learning environment, we will continue with the "Pen Pal" model we transitioned to last Spring (weekly email or US mail). If mentors are comfortable, we will be coordinating a monthly video chat through Microsoft Teams to give mentors and students a chance to say hello and check-in. All communications will be monitored by district staff. Once we return to in-person learning and mentors are allowed back in school, we will resume our traditional in person model.