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    The 6th Annual School Learning Gardens Network – Winter Workshop, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jane Addams Middle School.*We will attempt to reschedule this event when school activities resume

    The event's purpose is to bring together teachers, garden educators and coordinators, parents and families, and community members that educate in and tend outdoor learning spaces across the Puget Sound. The Winter Workshop offers an opportunity for participants to learn, share, network, improve their practices to support sustainable outdoor classroom program development. These outdoor learning spaces on or off schoolyards might include stormwater gardens, urban forests/trees, permaculture and restoration spaces, wetlands, pollinator and native gardens, and, of course, food gardens.

    Event is no cost. Space is limited.

    For questions, please contact Gretchen DeDecker,

    The Self Help Projects Program is part of the Facility Department. The Self Help Program is responsible for coordinating the review, approval, tracking and oversight of all Self Help Projects.

    A Self Help Project is:

    Any project to improve our school buildings or grounds which is initiated and implemented by anyone, or any group, other than staff from Seattle Public Schools' Facility, Capital or Technology departments.

    Some examples are:

    • Painting a classroom
    • Volunteer work-parties to weed and mulch landscape areas
    • Community volunteers' service day
    • Installing new playground equipment
    • Creating a mural
    • Developing a school garden
    • Landscape renovation
    • Developing a conceptual master site plan

    All Self Help projects require prior approval by the Seattle Public Schools Self Help Team to ensure that each project:

    • is appropriate for our buildings and grounds,
    • complements programs taught in our schools,
    • is completed to District standards, and
    • provides record drawing.

    You've got a great project in mind? Wonderful! Complete and submit a Self Help Project Approval Application. We'll review your project and get back to you with Conditions of Approval.

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    Gretchen DeDecker
    Program Manager
    206-252-0637 Phone
    206-252-0646 Fax


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