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    Have you wondered what –exactly—the Planting the Seeds project is all about?  Here are the 5 top myths about our school’s service learning immersion project around homelessness and the urban poor:

    #5 – It is a gardening project.  [Nope.]

    #4 – It’s a project where TOPS 8th graders sleep on Seattle streets with the homeless. [They don’t.]

    #3 – During this 2 ½ learning simulation the youth thaw frozen burritos using body heat. [Not true.]

    #2 – It costs money for 8th graders to participate. [No money needed.]

    And the biggest myth of them all?

    #1 – Only 8th graders and their families can participate in the project. [Absolutely false!]


    Over Winter Break, if you find yourself cleaning out cupboards or finding some really good sales, please set aside the following for the Planting the Seeds House wares Drive.  When everyone returns to school in January 2012, there will be boxes set up for collection.  New or gently used items from the list below will be gratefully put to use by residents of Plymouth Housing Group apartments:

    •  Kitchen and bath towels
    • Pillows and blankets
    • Twin-sized bed sheets
    • Small pots and pans
    • Plates or glasses
    • Kitchen utensils, especially can openers

    You can find out more about the organization where your donations will make someone’s apartment a home at

    Do you wonder how the experience imacted previous participants?  Read their comments here:

      “This trip has taught me so many things. It has taught me to open my heart to people I wouldn’t normally talk to… It has also taught me to be thoughtful about what I can do to help, because I can do so many things to help.”  

     “…during this project, I felt totally confident. I think it’s because I was doing a good deed… When someone said thank you to me, I felt very joyful and proud…” (Jason Ko)

     “…the one thing I will remember most is that it takes a very strong person, both physically and emotionally, to be homeless.”   (Jane Markman)

      “[We learned through our visit] [t]hat for someone like P_ who had a hard life, a small act of kindness can make a world of difference.” (Katy Morrison)

     “My group was like many others in the way that we weren’t all close friends, but by the end we had all learned to rely on one another.”   (Lucy Corbit)

     “During the experience, I had so much fun interacting with differ­ent people, and I gained the trust of the people in my group.” ( Andy Li)

      “I grew exhausted and my legs grew weary, but after the first day of trekking around the city, I realized the only guaranteed transportation for a homeless person is via their own two legs…  Week by week, month by month, even year by year, their day begins with a walk.” (Margot Maraghe)

     “I don’t know exactly how I am going to help our community and society, but what I do know is this: if we continue to treat others like they are lower than we are, as if they don’t belong in society, then we have no right to judge them.” (Erin Wolf)

    “On this trip I was completely pushed out of my comfort zone, and I must admit, I have never been happier to give in and get over my own fears… Now I am a true active believer that it takes not one person but a community to take part in filling the deep hole these people are in so that we can all live as equals and nobody’s dignity will be put at stake.”(Clara LaPatra)