STEPS Youth Committee Plants Another Tree!

Monday, June 17, 2013 was a very special evening for the STEPS Coalition, especially the STEPS Youth Committee. That evening, the second of hopefully many trees, was planted outside Mary Our Queen Church.

The goal of the STEPS Youth Committee is to plant a tree in every sector of the town.  Our first tree was planted last June in Recreation Park which represents the Youth-Serving Sector, and this tree will represent the Faith Community. 

Monday, June 17, 2013 was a very special evening for the STEPS Coalition, especially the STEPS Youth Committee. That evening, the second of hopefully many trees, was planted outside Mary Our Queen Church.

The goal of the STEPS Youth Committee is to plant a tree in every sector of the town.  Our first tree was planted last June in Recreation Park which represents the Youth-Serving Sector, and this tree will represent the Faith Community. 

A very special thank you to the following people, for without them this evening would not have taken place -Dr. Carol Grant, Father Kargul and the congregation of Mary Our Queen.  We hope you always enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this tree.  Ashley Vescera and the staff at Winterberry Garden for their very generous donation of the tree.  Sue and Cliff Saucier (and Carol) for their labor of planting the tree and Trever Rogers for his strong belief and dedication to the STEPS Coalition and everything it stands for. Dick Fortunato for his unwavering commitment to the kids and STEPS and all of his positive and encouraging words of wisdom.  Thank you to the Community Leaders, STEPS Advisory Board Members, parents and everyone else that came out for this dedication, and last but certainly not least, Heather Bartley, the coordinator of this project.

Mr. Fortunato wrote in a recent Patch.com article that the tree, "an Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree, (Prunus Autumnalis), was donated by Winterberry Gardens of Southington, thanks to the efforts of Heather Bartley, a member of the STEPS Parents Committee and its Advisory Board. Speaking for Winterberry, Ashley Vescera said, “We are pleased to assist the STEPS Youth Committee with this year’s tree. The gift is our way of saying thanks for their community service and allows us to be a part of such a wonderful project.”"

As we continue to support the tree initiative and plant trees throughout the town, we are helping our youth gain assets, which in turn, Grows Great Kids!

Thank you to all who were involved in this wonderful tradition the STEPS Youth Committee has started!

Let us know where you think a third tree should be planted; it could be at a business, a school, in front of a medical office or hospital, or civic group meeting house!

Don't forget to take a look at the STEPS Tree Planting photo gallery below!