Greening Concord International Elementary
The Concord International Elementary School PTA is working to improve and beautify the school grounds by creating a safer southwest entryway and adding rain gardens, trees, a butterfly garden, and safer access to crosswalks. The concept grew out of design meetings at the school and in the neighborhood during the development of the South Park Green Space Vision Plan.
The Greening Concord Elementary project will offer hands-on scientific learning opportunities for kids and help address the need for denser tree canopy in South Park. It also ties in with neighborhood efforts to maintain water quality. Community-driven green space improvements are especially critical in South Park, which has a long history of environmental devastation and high levels of pollution, leading to significant health consequences for residents.
Concord Elementary has challenges not faced by many other Seattle schools. Most of the students’ families are considered high-poverty—almost 80% of our students qualify for free- or reduced-lunch. We are 87% children of color and 50% English Language Learners. We need our children and families to feel safe, comfortable, supported and engaged at school.
The Greening Concord Steering Committee has worked hard with the school and neighboring community to fund public outreach, landscape design, and construction fees for two out of three projects to make our school more beautiful and more usable. We have one more project left to fund. There is currently only one entry into the school, sited on the very busiest section of the block. Many families use a secondary path to arrive at school. This path is an unpaved, often muddy hillside that leads directly into the parking lot. It is unsafe and unsightly. Please help us fund the final plan–a safe and attractive ramp that will guide our many families up and into a sidewalk from which they can access the main doors or the playground.