EW Alumni “Change The World” Project Attracts and Motivates Seattle Parks Department

Exciting news! One of last year’s “Change the World Project” proposals may be put into action. A play-area renovation in West Seattle may ultimately be even more inclusive than envisioned, thanks to advocacy by four local EW alumni, based on work they did in their final year at Explorer West Middle School

Explorer West alumni , Cyrus Storlie, Makenzie White and Tess Wassermann met with Seattle Parks Officials to discuss plans for Lincoln Park's "inclusive" playground as a result of their "Change The World" project.

Explorer West alumni Cyrus Storlie, Makenzie White and Tess Wassermann met with Seattle Parks officials to discuss plans for Lincoln Park’s “inclusive” playground.

2015 Explorer West graduates Makenzie White, Cyrus Storlie, Tess Wassermann and Ellen Applewhite, under the guidance of History teacher Tim Owens, completed their 8th grade project “Change The World” with hopes that their proposal would see the light of day.

It has.

The Seattle Parks Department, intrigued by the classmates’ plans, met twice with the team over the past year to discuss improvements to West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. Their vision was to initiate the discussion, and ultimately the creation, of an area in the playground to include improved accessibility for special needs children. It would incorporate features that can be enjoyed by children of all ability levels, including those with physical and/or developmental challenges.

Reporter Tracy Record, of the West Seattle Blog, covered the meeting. You can read her article here: Former Explorer West Middle School classmates’ project synergizing with Lincoln Park plan

“The kids rocked the Seattle Parks meeting and were treated as experts in parks for kids with disabilities,” said Tim Owens, history teacher. “We are so proud of them!”