Fostering the success of students means supporting their teachers, too. We send talented, trained volunteers to Seattle area public school classrooms. Or, we'd love to host your class at our writing lab in Greenwood for a writing field trip. We can also help you connect a gifted writer to our weekend and evening writing workshops or support your students’ school success with after-school tutoring.


Ways to Access Our Programs


I’ve heard it is very hard to get one of your limited field trip spots.
Well, that's not precisely a question, but yes—it’s true that our field trips are very popular. First priority goes to schools in our neighborhood or those with a high free and reduced lunch rate. We do host private schools on weekdays when the public schools are on vacation. Filling out our request form is the first step.

Is there a fee for a field trip?

Like all of our services, we offer field trips free of charge to everyone. However, we do require a $100 refundable deposit to secure your date. Deposits will be refunded* as long as the class honors our cancellation policy (see field trip page for details) and the teacher returns both the demographic survey for the classroom and the post-field trip survey. It should also be noted that we will waive the deposit under certain cases and can also assist with transportation costs on a limited basis.

* If you're able, we'd like to suggest you consider leaving the deposit as a donation to support our work. 

How do I arrange for tutors to come to my classroom?

We can only choose a select number of projects proposed by teachers to support. This selection is often based on the timing of your project and the number of volunteers we have available. We regret we cannot provide support for every project proposed, but invite you to fill out a project pitch form describing your vision and volunteer needs. We will get back to you to discuss the project specifics.

“While the BFI does a great job of promoting bold and fearless ideas in our students, this is not its boldest and most fearless contribution. Rather, the real value to our community comes from providing a forum for volunteers to mentor and grow by in turn helping the learn students to express themselves.”

- Dan Shumow, volunteer