The West Covina Rotary Club partnered with the West Covina Unified School District (WCUSD) to plant 25 new trees at Monte Vista Elementary School.
Each of the 1.2 million Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the world were challenged by the Rotary International President Ian Riseley to plant trees this year. He believes protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to the club’s goal of sustainable service.
Members of the West Covina Rotary Club Ken Lund, Phyllis McDonald and Dennis Evans formed a tree project committee to fundraise and organize the event. They researched and worked with community partners to find a location in need of trees, and an organization that was working toward a similar goal.
The committee selected Monte Vista as the designated location to install new trees, as the district acknowledged there were only a handful of trees on the campus.
“Every tree represents a member of the Rotary Club,” said Dennis Evans, tree project committee chair. “We are proud to have met the challenge and at the same time, support the school’s efforts of creating a more sustainable environment.”
The Rotary Club presented a check and memorial plaque to commemorate the tree planting event.
“We are making district-wide changes in order to create a more sustainable future for future generations,” said Charles Hinman, superintendent. “We have an incredible relationship with our Rotary Club members and are thankful for their contributions.”
The district will continue to seek ways of reducing carbon footprint and combat climate change. The WCUSD plans to complete the district-wide project of installing solar panels at all school sites by the end of the summer and has already seen a reduction of energy consumption by the lighting retrofits installed during the Proposition 39 program.