HUDSON – A group of Hudson High School students recently worked with community members to offset their annual paper usage by planting more than 200 trees throughout town.
The plantings took place this past Sunday, with student members of the HHS Environmental and Interact clubs fanning out with other volunteers across Hudson to plant trees.
Students also gathered at Hudson High School to help distribute tree saplings that community members had reserved for pickup as part of this initiative.
“We wanted to get as many trees planted to help better our environment as a whole,” Environmental Club Co-President Rose Andrade told the Community Advocate.
“It was nice to see in the outreach that people care as much as we care about the environment,” she added.
Students got their start in this project by partnering with a group called Tree-Plenish.
That organization helped students calculate the number of trees they would need to plant.
Students completed calculations based on estimates by HHS print and copy center staff, ultimately learning that they would need to plant about 230 saplings.
So, they shared their message, developing posters and promoting their efforts on social media.
“People were really excited,” teacher and Interact Club advisor Pamela Porter said of the response.
All told, this effort sold 209 saplings to either be planted by students or picked up at HHS by buyers.
Though they fell slightly short of their 230 sapling goal, students remained excited.
“We were not expecting the amount of orders that we got,” fellow Environmental Club Co- President Ainsley Majer said.
“It was really cool to see how easily we could reach the community and how willing they were to help us,” she continued.
Majer and Andrade are both seniors. They’re far from the only students involved in this tree planting project, though.
Both expressed a hope that the effort will become an annual tradition, aiming to hopefully surpass their 230-tree goal at some point in the future.
Learn more about Tree-Plenish by visiting https://www.tree-plenish.org.