Long Beach Job Corps students volunteered their time on the first warm Saturday in March to make the community a little greener. Long Beach City Council Member Suja Lowenthal and her staff members hosted a tree planting and enlisted the help of Long Beach Job Corps students and community members to plant 25 young trees along residential streets.
The students listened eagerly and paid close attention as city workers did a “demo” by planting the first tree. The group then walked several blocks, armed with gloves, shovels, and water bucket, to the sites where they began to plant their own trees. The students took turns digging, then set the trees in place, mindful to face the branches toward the sidewalk so that passing cars would not graze the branches at they passed by. Students earned the seal of approval as city staff members inspected their work and said they did a great job.
More than one student took note of the correct address of the planting site so they could come back in years to come and see their trees fully grown.