December 01, 2000
An aesthetic green barrier of 58 six-foot Italian cypress trees was recently planted by parents, staff and volunteers at Hudson School. Several companies made significant donations to make it happen. When the trees mature, they can grow to 50 feet or more.
The trees will form an environmental screen to help protect Hudson students from the dust and noise from the nearby Terminal Island Freeway, which parallels the playground.
Many companies contributed. The grower gave a discounted price of $35 per six-foot tree, with free delivery of all 58 trees. McDonald's donated money for 10 trees. The West Side Long Beach Business Association donated money for four trees. Some grandparents donated for each grandchild who attends Hudson. Parents donated in memory of loved ones. BP, formerly ARCO, brought staff members out on a Saturday to plant the trees, while a local restaurant fed volunteers and a local landscape architect donated a truckload of mulch and supervised the planting.