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    School Gardens Have Limited Access

    All school sites are closed until further notice, however we are allowing approved sites to open to groups of up to 50 volunteers for outdoor garden activities beginning June 19th. You must reach out to us for approval and guidance if you would like to return to your site.  

    For questions, please contact 

    The Self Help Projects Program is part of the Facilities 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' Facilities, Capital or Technology departments.

    Some examples are:

    • Grounds stewardship
    • Improving a school playground
    • Creating a mural
    • Developing or enhancing a school garden
    • Painting a classroom
    • Landscape renovation
    • Community volunteers service day

    If you have an idea that’s not listed, check with us to see if it falls under Self Help Projects review.

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

    • is appropriate for our buildings and grounds,
    • complements programs taught in our schools,
    • complies with School Board policies,
    • 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

    Colleen Weinstein
    Program Manager
    206-252-0619 Phone

    Thabisa Mazur
    Operations Specialist
    206-252-0637 Phone


    Self Help Calendar


    Forms for Project Approval

    -please save these forms to your computer to fill out, attach to an email and send to

    Project Guidelines

    Project Insurance Requirements

    Links to Resources and Funding Opportunities