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    For this Fall, Winter, or any garden or grounds cleanup at your Seattle School, if you need hand tools, or debris management, email Sean or Gretchen. Email addresses are on the right-hand side of this web-page.

    If you would like to be added to/removed from the School Learning Garden Network email list or are planning a garden harvest party or other garden event and would like to let the rest of the garden network know, please email Sean McManus with your event flyer with a note to broadcast to the network

    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.

    Please browse the sidebar for additional information.

    Contact Us

    Gretchen DeDecker
    Program Manager
    206-252-0637 Phone

    Sean McManus
    Operations Specialist/ Projects Coordinator
    206-252-0619 Phone

    206-252-0646 Fax


    Application Forms for Project Approval

    Best Practices, Guidelines, and Helpful Tips

    Insurance Requirements

    SPS - Other Departments and Programs

    Other Resources

    School Learning Gardens

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