Seattle Pacific students help brighten Genesee Hill School

September 25, 2011 at 2:00 am | In Genesee Hill, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

(Photos courtesy Janet and Bryan Jones)
On Saturday, dozens of new Seattle Pacific University students converged on West Seattle and White Center worksites as part of SPU’s City Quest day of community service – an annual tradition on the Saturday before classes begin. Hundreds more worked elsewhere in the metro area. The volunteers in these photos were among 23 who pitched in to help on the campus of closed Genesee Hill Elementary, which the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council has worked hard to keep from becoming rundown. Today, they had help!

Bryan Jones says the volunteers were treated to Husky Deli ice cream as a reward for their labor:

Other local City Quest volunteer sites included Lincoln Park, the West Duwamish Greenbelt (with Nature Consortium), and Hicks Lake in White Center.

9 Comments

  1. I’m adviser to the garden group at the Genesee Hill project and I have to say; the students worked very hard and accomplished work that would have taken our small group at least a year to finish! Also, Thank you to Shaun with the Seattle School system for all his help! Everyone one worked very hard on a hot day. THANK YOU, all!
    Karen

    Comment by Karen Lyons — 5:30 am September 25, 2011 #

  2. Any projections of when this school might open again?

    Comment by ttt — 9:15 am September 25, 2011 #

  3. I wish that people wouldn’t use the grounds as an off-leash park. Thanks to the volunteers for helping keep it a neighborhood asset.

    Comment by Neighborly — 1:08 pm September 25, 2011 #

  4. I’m a neighbor and wish they’d make it an official off-leash park!

    Comment by westseattleperson — 2:56 pm September 25, 2011 #

  5. I also would like to see the playfield made to an off leash park.

    Comment by Rob — 3:56 pm September 25, 2011 #

  6. I think most of us want to see at least some of the school grounds used for the community. If you want to help, please show up for our school work parties. It’s one of the few ways we have to let the Seattle School board know that we are concerned about what is happening with the school and we’d like to have a say in what happens in the future. So far I have not seen a single dog field user show up to support the cause?

    Comment by Karen Lyons — 6:01 pm September 25, 2011 #

  7. It’s not an official off-leash park. Kids should be able to play there, without running or rolling through poop, or fearing a loose dog. “he’s friendly” after he scares my toddler doesn’t make it ok.

    Comment by Neighborly — 8:11 pm September 25, 2011 #

  8. It would appear to be SPS that is both helping the building and not helping the building! They want someone to take the whole building and only the whole building on a short term lease and won’t know anything else until after Nov when they may or may not offer it for short or long term lease. I have made several attempts to contact them about it to no avail-it would seem it is not important to them-which is a shame because it’s a great building with lots of potential and obviously amazing neighbors-who wouldn’t want to make good use of it? From what I understand it will be Fairmount Park reopening if they do infact open another school next year-which I can’t imagine they won’t what with all the crowding issues this year.
    Anyway-it’s so great that you guys are taking care of the property-it’s a wonderful story of neighbors really looking out for their neighborhood. You should be very proud.

    Comment by SpeakLoud — 9:31 pm September 25, 2011 #

  9. @Neighborly – I feel exactly the same way about the parents who don’t teach their kids that it’s not OK to run up to my dog on the sidewalk and jam their fingers into his face. “Pet the nice doggie” after they scare my dog doesn’t make it OK.

    Comment by liveherenow — 1:27 pm September 26, 2011 #

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