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Tree Trust
March 25, 2011

I have volunteered at many tree planting projects over the years with Tree Trust, but I believe the plantings where you work with school children may be my favorites. Every year Tree Trust works with selected schools to plant trees on school grounds. But the greatest thing is that the kids at the schools get to do the planting, with a little help from teachers, parents and other adult volunteers like myself. On planting day, kids at the schools are bursting with energy. Each classroom is assigned a tree or two to plant. You can just feel the enthusiasm as kids dig, water and mulch their tree. They take great pride and ownership of their tree, and younger kids often give their tree a name. I like to tell the kids to always remember their tree, and to come back and visit as they reach future milestones in their lives, such as high school graduation. Tree Trust makes it a great day with excellent planning, organization and cheerfulness on planting day.

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It's a very rewarding experience to see the enthusiasm of children as they plant their trees. In most groups of 20 to 30 students, there is always one or two students who come up to offer special thanks for being there on that day. That's when you know it was a day well spent.

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I can't think of any changes I'd make to Tree Trust. I just wish more people could see the impact they have in the community.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Assist school children in planting trees.

GREAT RIVER GREENING
March 24, 2011

The work of Great River Greening transforms both people and places. People are transformed as they see their efforts make a meaningful difference in their community. Places are transformed with native plantings that restore the lands to their natural beauty. Imagine neglected lands overrun with invasive, non-native plants. Then imagine a weed patch turning into a wildflower prairie. Or a forgotten property becoming a reborn oak savanna. Or a threatened woodland evolving back into a healthy maple and basswood forest. That is the work of Great River Greening. And that's why I keep coming back as a volunteer.

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On project days, I've seen the inspiration and satisfaction that volunteers of all ages exhibit as they walk away from a job well done.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Strive to make Great River Greening's work known to a wider audience.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I assist as a project day supervisor working with volunteers.