Seedlings Project

The Seedlings Project

In May, 2018, Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged Rotary clubs to plant a tree for each member. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming. 

The Weston-Wayland Rotary Club embraced this challenge by buying, preparing, nurturing, and distributing Green Giant Arbor Vitae to all first and second graders in each town, plus Rotary members.

The project was so well-received, and so much fun for our Club members, that we have continued it each year. Except for 2020 when it was cancelled by Covid. In 2021, we responded by doubling our order and giving enough saplings to catch up by including last year’s first graders who had moved up to second grade. In 2021, we distributed 800 saplings; in previous years, 400 each year. 

Past President Mark Messina Mark Messina, Rotary Earth Day Committee Chair said, “We are very fortunate to have such great leadership in our schools. Every principal responded quickly and enthusiastically to our program. Along with the saplings we provided educational materials and a 3-minute video.”  See the video at https://vimeo.com/542397997/e4b49d60b6  

On a beautiful Earth Day, Rotarians, friends of Rotary from high school students to business networking contacts gathered to prepare the seedlings for distribution. Everyone worked to get all 800 seedlings prepared for distribution to the Wayland elementary schools of Veritas, Happy Hollow, Loker and Claypit Hill as well as Weston elementary schools of Country and Woodland.

This year residents at Traditions of Wayland, another community partner, cared for and then delivered seedlings to the Wayland elementary schools. Wendy Nollman of Traditions said,”This is such a great program. I am so happy to be a Corporate member of Rotary and to bring this multigenerational opportunity to our residents.”