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

Earth Week Celebration with Newton Students Leaders

Green Newton’s All in for Climate Action! campaign is happening on Earth Week  from April 19–22. Come meet the middle, high and college students who are part of the Environmental Youth Leadership Program. Residents will hear how they can take climate action or join the groups who are leading the climate fight in Newton.

Tables will be staffed by students and adult volunteers at Newtonville Star Market on Saturday and Sunday (17 and 18) and also during the week (19-22) at the Newton Free Library. 

There will be posters for kids to color with Take Action! messages. There will be postcard handouts, plus 200 Earth Day packets for residents to plant milkweed seeds for growing butterfly gardens.

● GN Youth leaders will host a virtual poster-making program for kids on 4/19 from 4-5pm.
● Sidewalk chalk art by students will decorate the Comm Ave carriage lane with Take Action messages
● On April 22 at 7pm – Eating a Plant-based Diet – virtual Green Newton program with library.

More information at