Concord International Elementary School PTA

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.

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Phone Number: 206-332-9900
EIN: 91-1998597
Our neighbors have told us loudly and clearly that they want a greener Concord which would allow for environmental learning. In 2014, in partnership with Seattle Parks Foundation and many other community and agency partners, feedback was solicited from over 350 people in South Park - including children, families and seniors - about how South Park's public spaces could be improved to better meet their needs. A big concern was the Concord Elementary school grounds. Currently, the population at Concord faces certain obstacles not shared by much of Seattle. We are 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.
Our fiscal sponsor, Seattle Parks Foundation, has created a $1,000 challenge award that we'll receive if we secure gifts--of any size--from at least fifteen (15) unique donors.