FOLLOWUP: Friends of Roxhill Elementary ‘incredibly grateful’ for pledges so far. Here’s what you can do now

A collaborative art project like that mosaic is part of what Friends of Roxhill Elementary hope to include in their playground project for the school’s move to EC Hughes – and “a pledge of time from an artist or two” is just one of many more ways the community can help the project. Tonight, we have an update from group spokesperson Jenny Rose Ryan, two weeks after an initial round of requests:

West Seattle Community, we thought you’d like to hear some good news.

Friends of Roxhill Elementary has received – in pledge form — about half of the amount needed to meet our $20K match for our playground grant application. Remember, we are going after a $100,000 City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund grant to help build a new playground when we move to E.C. Hughes next year.

This means you – yes, you! – have found resources and pulled together to help us. This is huge and we’re incredible grateful.

We’re so close – we can almost taste it, but it’s time for another push.

We’re looking for in-kind donations of food when we hold events (local restaurants?), volunteer support to paint a mural next summer (high school kids? EC Hughes neighbors?), donations of plants and materials to beautify the space – these pledges all add up now, but don’t even need to happen until next year. Oh, and yes, we’ll take cash, too.

How to Help

Email to make a pledge. We won’t collect anything now – we need the pledges for the application (due in September) to demonstrate our community’s commitment and then determine the details of the work plan.

You can also give to a Roxhill parent’s Seattle Marathon GoFundMe, here. We also have a Seattle Marathon team you can join when you sign up to run the full marathon.

Thank you for your help! We are deeply grateful and incredibly humbled by our community’s support so far. We can do this. Together.

9 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Friends of Roxhill Elementary 'incredibly grateful' for pledges so far. Here's what you can do now"

  • Y-Ma July 26, 2017 (10:25 pm)

    There was great playground equipment left behind when Westside moved from EC Hughes. Could that not have been re-used?  Is it being re-used somewhere?

    • JRR July 26, 2017 (11:05 pm)

      It was determined to not actually be in great shape by SPS. The whole playround is really just a concrete pit. Our kids deserve better. 

    • KM July 27, 2017 (8:47 am)

      It’s not (yet) being reused somewhere, parts of it are sitting on the school property.

  • Alki Resident July 26, 2017 (11:22 pm)

    Has EC Hughes been retrofitted for earthquake? What’s wrong with Roxhill building? And why can’t these kids have grass to play on?

  • ER July 27, 2017 (11:57 am)

    I would like to know what the future plans are for Roxhill Elementary.  Anyone have a clue?

    • WSB July 27, 2017 (12:13 pm)

      Not yet determined, the district says.

  • Roxhill parent July 27, 2017 (12:43 pm)

    @Alki Resident 

    Roxhill Elementary is moving to the E.C. Hughes building because the current building is reaching capacity. While I’m happy that the school will be no longer be on the busy corner of Roxbury and 30th, I can’t say that I’m otherwise too thrilled with the move. I’d love it if our school got a fancy new building, complete with solar panels, like Arbor Heights did. The move to E.C. Hughes was decided, not by Roxhill families, but by the school board, so we’re basically just along for the ride.

    Physical play is an important part of childhood development and education. Our kids deserve safe playground equipment to learn, explore, and grow on.

    So you’re aware, when talking about people of color or a population that is largely POC, like Roxhill, avoid using terms like “those/these people,” it’s othering.

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