Guest article by Carmel High School Sophomore, Summer Tullai
Hi, my name is Summer Tullai and I’m a sophomore at Carmel High School (CHS) and the President of Serve Carmel, an umbrella organization over CHS service clubs. Serve Carmel is undertaking the largest scale Tree-Plenish project in the whole nation and needs your help!
Every year, CHS uses about 12.3 million sheets of paper, and Serve Carmel hopes to offset this by working with a national nonprofit called Tree-Plenish to plant 1500 trees for residents in the Carmel area. When Tree-Plenish, a national non-profit organization, reached out to us, we were very excited that we could participate in such an environmentally-helpful community event. Although 12.3 million sheets of paper sounds like a lot, it is under the national average for a school of CHS’s size, and we know this Tree-Plenish event will improve our local environment even further.
Our goal of planting 1500 trees is between 3 and 25 times larger than any other Tree-Plenish effort in the entire nation!
Tree-Plenish’s mission is Tree-Duce, Tree-Use, Tree-Cycle! From notes to homework to worksheets, schools consume a lot of paper. Tree-Plenish's mission is to create more sustainable schools by replenishing the environment with these lost resources. Through student-led events, Tree-Plenish is able to plant trees in the community based on approximations of school paper usage and believes that there is power in the community. Tree-Plenish helps students harness this power and enact meaningful environmental change.
With every donation of $5, members of the community can request a tree be planted in their yard or at their business. Trees can also be delivered and not planted based on your preference. The trees are suitable for our climate, and the choices include the beautiful Eastern Redbud, Eastern White Pine, and Tulip Poplar.
The final dates to request trees will be March 17th, and the trees will be planted/delivered on April 17th. The link to our website and to request a tree is: https://www.tree-plenishevents.org/carmel
Please spread the word, request a tree for your home or business, gift one to a friend, and help Carmel shine on the national stage.
Feel free to contact Summer Tullai at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.