BY JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
CENTRAL FALLS – With only about three percent through the entire square-mile city, Central Falls ranks last in the state with the least green space. However, a group of students on Friday aimed to change that figure by planting an urban arboretum at Calcutt Middle School.
The city was recently a recipient of the America the Beautiful Grant from the Department of Environmental Management, which allows for funding of the creation of the urban arboretum. Two teachers from Central Falls and Scituate – Stephanie Racine and Shannon Donovan – helped in spearheading the initiative, known as “Operation Tree Hugger”.
A collaborative project between students at Calcutt Middle School, and Central Falls and Scituate high schools, 14 trees were planted Friday, with the objective to move the city forward in the development of a sustainable urban forest management plan, city officials said.
Racine, an eighth-grade teacher at Calcutt, said that she was contacted by Donovan, who expressed an interest in working in an urban area.
Together, the teachers and their students collaborated on a grant application and in mid-January learned they received the grant.
See full story in the 4/1 edition of The Times.
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