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Shady Side Academy students help with Aspinwall tree planting

Tawnya Panizzi
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Shady Side Academy students planted trees in Aspinwall on Nov. 10 with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Students from Shady Side Academy Middle School dug in and helped with the Aspinwall tree planting initiative on Nov. 10.

The borough was awarded 18 trees through TreeVitalize, a group that works to protect and replace the regional canopy. Despite the brisk and rainy weather, members of the school’s community service committee — sixth graders Annalise Alexander, Robert Bartolacci, Audrey Jiang, Nina Onest, Reese Martens and Avanti Muvvala — spent the morning digging and planting trees throughout the borough, largely to replace those that had decayed. They were treated to hot chocolate and a fire pit from one of the thankful residents.

The project was led by faculty advisors Leslie Bodnarchuk, Paul Bodnarchuk and Pam Onest.

The students were looking for a project in the wider community and hope to repeat the event next year.

Founded in 2004, the Pittsburgh branch of TreeVitalize has planted more than 20,000 trees across the area. Work is aimed as providing shade, beautifying residential areas and easing storm water runoff.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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