A tree grows in the Newark neighborhood Ashanti used to call home. And she planted it there.
Ashanti was one of several YouthBuild Newark students who celebrated Arbor Day by planting cherry trees, maples and red pines in the Fairmount section of the city, where the streets are dotted with burnt-out, boarded up buildings.
But the mass planting, coordinated by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, brightened six blocks around the 13th Avenue School, where more than 500 volunteers from all over the state, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, planted a total of 221 trees.
It wasn’t easy. As YouthBuild student Ebony learned, the rocky soil near the school was tough to dig up, and the trees weighed a few hundred pounds. Read More