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Lawyers help plant trees at Roxbury school to repay their hefty paper use

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 2, 2012 12:51 PM

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Jeffrey Glassman and Erica Mattison of RainforestMaker join local lawyers and volunteers to plant trees at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School in Roxbury.

Local lawyers were among a group of volunteers that planted 16 trees over the weekend at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School in Roxbury.

"Since lawyers go through ten times more paper than the average office worker, it is only fitting that they replant the trees they use.” Boston attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman said in a statement from Boston Natural Areas Network, an urban space expansion and enhancement adovcacy nonprofit.

“Planting trees at schools sets a positive example for teachers, parents, and kids and raises awareness that resources used in one's life can be mindfully restored," he continued.

Glassman is the founder of RainforestMaker, a nonprofit program dedicated to assisting with tree planting and maintenance in the Boston area.

That nonprofit runs local initiative Lawyers Accountable To The Earth, or LATTE, which joined with Grow Boston Greener and Boston Natural Areas Network to plant the trees in Roxbury Saturday in recognition of Arbor Day.

Jesse Solomon, director of Boston Plan for Excellence was also at the charter school to help out, officials said. The organization he leads partners with Boston Teacher Residency and the city school system to run the school.

"The Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School aims to provide a world class education for all its students, preparing them for long-term academic success and responsible civic engagement," Solomon said in a statement.

"As part of that mission, we want to help our students learn about and become stewards of their environment and community," he continued. "We are intent on making the physical space be the welcoming and vibrant space our children deserve, and having several trees recently added to the property goes a long way toward this goal."

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