Dearborne Park Rehabilitation Project


Location: Seattle, WA

Status: Completed

Budget & Size: $158,000

Type: Health Clinic

People Impacted (projected): 350+ students

Project Manager: William Fort

Construction for Change partnered with Dearborn Park International Elementary School to rehabilitate their front entrance and outdoor grounds. This is the second local project that CfC has completed to date.

Along with parents, students and PTA members, CfC staff and volunteers worked long hours on Saturday, 7/19 and Sunday 7/20 to improve school grounds by weeding, gardening and planting, painting murals where formerly-graffitied walls existed, rebuilding an outdoor staircase, and renovating the entrance by building a front desk. William Fort, CfC’s Director of Project Management, led the project along with Zach Archer, a Board Member. The project was funded by Wachtler Marshall, a Kirkland-based homebuilder, the Dearborn Elementary PTA, and Johnson Window Films, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Accutint.

When asked about the project, Angela Bogan, the Principal of Dearborn says, “We feel so fortunate to be the recipients of such a gift…I feel that the students and families as well as me, felt such a sense of pride in making our school a better place for all to see. One of my most fond memories is that of community members/neighbors that came by to “see what we were doing” they had not seen such an event at Dearborn in the many years they have been in the community. CfC went ABOVE and BEYOND my expectations. I was not sure what to expect but I was completely overwhelmed!  What a fun day!”

We couldn’t agree more Angela… a special thanks to Dearborn Elementary, our sponsors and our incredible volunteers for making this possible!


  • 1 staircase was replaced to ensure student safety
  • 1 front desk was installed
  • 2 murals were painted
  • 25+ volunteers came out to help (including 5 students), giving 375+ hours of their time!
  • 35 bags of yard waste were composted
  • Countless plants and flowers were planted
  • 350+ students now have access to a safer, more beautiful school
  • $1,500+ was invested in school thanks to Wachtler Marshall and the Dearborn PTA