New basalt outdoor seating was installed at TOPS@Seward School in Eastlake on Friday, Aug. 5.
The new seating is located in the overlook area on the west side of the school. The space hasn’t been used since the school was renovated but will now become part of the school’s programs.
Friends of TOPS paid for the $6,000 cost of the project. The seating completes a memorial area for four TOPS teachers. The memorial includes a Columbia basin rock and a Japanese maple that was planted three years ago.
The benches are made from basalt from the Moses Lake area. A crew from Marenakos Rock Center in Issaquah did the installation.
The seating area will be used for small-group instruction and discussions as part of the school’s TOPICS program, where parents and teachers work with small groups of students on topics of interest to the students. The seating is also available for use by the Eastlake community.