08 Jan Tree Planting
Julia Donati, a Girl Scout from Troop 40003, recently completed her Gold Award by teaching her community about the importance of planting trees. She saw trees being cut down due to bad weather or disease and wanted to counteract the effects of this with her gold project by educating people about how to plant trees and encouraging them to do so. Julia combined her concern for the environment with her love of art and designed a brochure to educate local homeowners about trees’ importance, how to plant, and the factors to keep in mind when deciding to plant a tree. Julia educated herself by attending a tree program at Mohawk State Forest where she helped to plant a tree. Thanks to Select Board member Anne O’Connor, she attended a meeting with town and state representatives discussing the negative effects of using wood as a source of fuel. Julia also visited Williamstown Elementary School and did presentations to classes of the younger students which included reading them “The Lorax” by Dr. Suess, asking them basic but fundamental questions about trees, and leading a game that reinforced how to take care of a tree. She even planted a tree at her own high school in the middle of the COVID pandemic and made a video explaining her project. https://youtu.be/WtW_IMC1Gt0.