Planting For The Future

Epiphany Ramirez, with a shovel in hand standing eighth from left, and her crew of Whitman volunteers take a quick break from their task.
Epiphany Ramirez, with a shovel in hand standing eighth from left, and her crew of Whitman volunteers take a quick break from their task.
Left to right: Zenab Ojibe and Verdelle Saint Jean put the finishing touches on a young tree.
Left to right: Zenab Ojibe and Verdelle Saint Jean put the finishing touches on a young tree.
Many hands make light work. Digging proved to be the toughest part of the day, but once accomplished, a sapling gets a new home.
Many hands make light work. Digging proved to be the toughest part of the day, but once accomplished, a sapling gets a new home.

Trees make a world of difference and a group of Walt Whitman students got the opportunity to make a difference for them. Arbor day was celebrated on the last Friday of April and this year found a large group of local high school students at a Dix Hills Park planting trees. With the help of the town of Huntington, students dug and planted young saplings that some day will provide shade on a hot summer day.

For Whitman, team leader Epiphany Ramirez organized volunteers who grabbed shovels and took charge.  With the guidance of arborists from the Arbor Day Foundation, a field of trees took shape. Congratulations to Epiphany and the following student volunteers from Walt Whitman: Alivia Barton, Danielle Wechsler, Katelyn Donahue, Nicole DeMartino, Jeanine McNulty, Kilian Duclay, Keeyse Aparicio, Juan Gonzalez Contreras, Gabrielle Ramirez, Leslie Portillo, Ilana Desmond, Zenab Ojibe, Verdelle Saint Jean, Tim Jobson, Taylor Fox, Nicole Rowe, Rumeysa Mete, Esteban Lopez, Josh Joseph, and Joel Quiles.

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