Trees in Newton Schools

You may have noticed a lot of newly planted trees around Newton lately, including at many of our schools. These trees were planted as part of the 4C Tree Project – 4C standing for Capture Carbon Commemorate COVID. They are a living memorial to honor the Newton residents who lost their lives during this awful pandemic. 

Thanks to the support of Green Teams, PTOs and student advocates, several Newton schools are now providing a beautiful living memorial to loved ones lost to Covid-19 – and helping to capture carbon: Mason Rice, NSHS, Ward, Bigelow, Horace Mann, Pierce, Burr and Angier. Burr School, for example, has more than 20 new trees, most of them native!

This brilliant plan was initiated by Elizabeth Sockwell, a Newton resident, NSHS class of 2016, and 2021 college graduate. She and her team, consisting of many young people from the Green Newton Youth Leadership Program, organized the plantings with the help of Green Newton and Marc Welch, the city forester. They already have planted 170 trees, and they are hoping to plant more. If you would like to see trees planted at your school, please let us know – we can help!

Check out the @4ctreeproject Instagram account for more pictures and updates.

Donations also are still being accepted: Sponsor a 4C Tree

Ward Elementary 5th graders planted COVID-19 memorial trees with Green Newton’s Youth Leadership Group, Newton Forestry Department & dedicated parents. Planting for the future and in service to our community…thanks 5th graders! Photo: NPS, from the Superintendent’s May 19 Update