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CHS students help button-up new trees for winter

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Ready to refill empty mulch buckets are Eastmoreland students Brooks Houser, who attends Riverdale High School, and Cleveland High School junior Lilli Root. As their first event of the 2013-2014 season, Friends of Trees held a “mulching party” for newly planted trees along the I-205 Multi-Use Path on Saturday, October 5th.

“We’re really excited to have so many students here,” said Friends of Trees Green Space Initiative Manager Logan Lauvray. “Some of them are from local elementary schools; but we also have student volunteers here from the Eastmoreland neighborhood.”

Just then, Cleveland High School student Lilli Root walked up, pushing a wheelbarrow filled with empty mulch buckets.

“As a CHS junior, and because I’m in the National Honor Society, I’m performing some of my 20 hours of community service here,” Root said. “The sun is shining, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to volunteer today; I’ve done this before – last year.”

She could volunteer helping the community in many other ways, Root admitted, “But, I like to help out with trees. I'm really nature-y – it’s what we do here in Oregon.”

She was soon joined by her friend, and Eastmoreland neighbor, Brooks Houser. “Because I do Outdoor School, I get many more volunteer hours than I need,” Houser said. “But, I decided to come along to help because, well, Lilli came to it!”

As a result, many trees got a good autumn mulching from these two Eastmoreland volunteers.

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