Arbor Day has been a Houston initiative for 27 years. Yet after the drought plus heat wave that seared dead the roots of the city's green canopy, the program, now called Re-Plant Houston, is top-of-mind for many residents that remember nature spaces beautifully shaded by arboreal life.
The Kinkaid School was out in full force on Saturday and Monday at Memorial Park with more than 250 volunteers planting more than 1,200 future trees.
Students in elementary, middle and high school alongside parents and staff, under the supervision of the Memorial Park Conservancy, were challenged to transform a plot of bare land in the northeast corner of the park, behind the Mayor Jim McConn Memorial Ballfields, with a living fence.
It may take many years, even decades, for the seedlings, young trees and freshly mulched areas to flourish. But that didn't stop these youthful good doers from branching out and contributing to the park's reforestation efforts.
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