Self Help Projects


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RSVP Sean McManus,

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
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

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