Save the Rain
Kyle Zhen (Ed., ’20) volunteered with the Save the Rain Program. The “Save the Rain” program is a comprehensive stormwater management plan intended to reduce pollution to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. During wet weather events, stormwater flows into the local sewer system, causing heavy flow periods that can overload the system. Kyle and other participants aided in the planting of new trees in the community. Planting trees is beneficial to the environment because it catches rain and prevents it from being mixed in with the sewage and polluting the river. It also makes the neighborhood look nicer.
Having grown up in the city, Kyle never had the opportunity to plant trees before, so this was a fun experience for him. When he arrived at the school, he was surprised that there were were many others also participating in the event, ranging from children to older individuals. They all participated in a group stretch exercise before the event, which helped everyone feel better connected with each other. Overall, Kyle felt a real sense of solidarity from everyone around him working together towards a common goal.