Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day this Valentine’s Day, February 14

Neighbors Celebrate 2014 Neighbor Appreciation Day with a pancake breakfast

Activities begin February 7 across Seattle

Celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. The date is February 14, with neighborhoods, community groups, and businesses across Seattle planning activities beginning February 7.

Here are ways you can participate in Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. Once scheduled, you can post your event to the events calendar.
    • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
    • Send Neighbor Appreciation Day e-cards to your neighbors.
    • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. You can post stories about great neighbors or neighborhoods on our website, or post it to our Facebook page. If you have an idea for a neighborhood activity, don’t forget that our Small Sparks Fund can help to support Neighborhood Appreciation Day projects that connect and engage your neighbors. If interested, the deadline for applications is January 12.Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/  for more information or contact Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov.

Do You Care About Preschool?

Seattle residents are invited to six meetings to provide feedback on several elements of the new Seattle Preschool Program. Food, childcare and interpretation are provided. RSVP to Rachel Schulkin at preschool@seattle.gov or call 206-684-3942.

For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/education.




Family Engagement
Sat, Nov. 22, 2014 – 10am to 12:30pm
Langston Hughes (104 17th Ave S, Seattle)
Sat, Dec. 6, 2014 – 10am to 12:30pm
Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle)
Dual Language Programs
Sat, Nov. 22, 2014 – 2pm to 4:30pm
Langston Hughes (104 17th Ave S, Seattle)
Teacher Training & Coaching
Sat, Dec. 6, 2014 – 2pm to 4:30pm
Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle)
Teacher Pathways to Certification
Tue, Dec. 2, 2014 – 6pm to 8:30pm
New Holly (7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle)
 Provider Contracting & Enrollment
Wed, Dec. 10, 2014 – 3pm to 5:30pm
Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle)



Safe Routes to School Grant Program Accepting Applications During “International Walk to School Month”

Grants are available to help make the routes to your neighborhood school safer. Some examples of past projects funded by the Safe Routes to School Mini Grants include kick-starting a walking school bus with safety vests and flags for bus “drivers;” supporting walk to school month events with prizes and incentives for walkers; incentives for bike to school commuters, like bike locks, lights, and helmets; bicycle safety and maintenance classes to make sure kids know the rules of the road and how to keep their bikes in tip-top shape; traffic circulation plans to make sure traffic flows as safely as possible around schools.

International Walk to School Month is held in October of each year. This event which is held in more than 40 countries gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. For more information about International Walk to School month, visit http://www.feetfirst.org/what-we-do/safe-routes/international-walk-to-school-iwalk-celebrations.

For more information and to apply for a Mini Grant, visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ped_srts_grant.htm. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be emailed, mailed, or faxed by the application due date. For questions, contact Ashley Harris at ashley.harris@seattle.gov. Completed applications are due Oct. 31, 2014 by 5 p.m. and recipients will be announced by Dec. 5, 2014. Funds will be distributed in January 2015.


Neighborhood Matching Fund for Back-To-School Projects

Does your neighborhood want to organize an activity or event to celebrate the fall back-to-school season?

If so, it may qualify for support from NMF’s Small Sparks fund. This fund provides matching dollars of up to $1000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Project ideas might include Walking School Bus outreach, a back-to-school barbeque, youth-organizing, an autumn festival, PTA recruitment…and more!

Please call (206) 733-9916 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm for more information.