Next Saturday, Feb. 12, is Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. While we hope we tell our neighbors often how wonderful they are, it’s nice to have a special day set aside to do just that.
You can pick up free Neighbor Appreciation cards at public libraries, community centers, Neighborhood Service Centers, and the Phinney Neighborhood Association at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. You can also send an e-card.
The cards were designed by Angel Corpuz (above), a fourth-grader at Dunlap Elementary, and Grace Corsi (below), an eighth-grader at Hamilton International Middle School. You can check out the rest of the award winners from the Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest here.
Neighbor Appreciation Day started right here in Phinney Ridge, when Judith Wood wanted to create some kind of special way to thank her amazing neighbors, who often babysat her children on a moment’s notice. The Department of Neighborhoods created Neighbor Appreciation Day in 1995.
The city encourages everyone to think big on how to celebrate your neighbors, by organizing a block party or work party. The website provides ideas and templates to help you organize your event. You can also share your story of great neighbors.