The sun was shining, and it was a beautiful day in Hartford as Knox Parks, Billings Forge Community Works, 96.5 TIC and a great team of volunteers from the community teamed up with Jason Mraz to plant trees and “Green up” the Burns School.

Jason has been hosting tree plantings and other green initiatives all over the world on his tour, his way to leave a positive mark on the places he goes, as well as offset the minimal carbon emissions from his travels.  His stop in Hartford helped a school that had been struggling, but with a new Principal already turning things around, and beautiful new grounds thanks to this weekend’s plantings, the Burns School will certainly be a great place to learn when school starts this coming week.

dsc01976 Jason Mraz Plants Trees At Burns School In Hartford

Photo by Bill Sencio/ 96.5 TIC

As the volunteers– including some lucky green-minded winners from 96.5 TIC– arrived, they were taught how to properly plant a tree, by the experts– the Green Crew, who are working with Knox Parks to plant one thousand trees throughout Hartford.  While that may seem like a daunting task, they’re well over the halfway mark and thanks to Jason and the volunteers at Burns School, they are six trees closer to that goal now.

Jason arrived to greet the crowd. Rather than spend any time with a speech, he simply said with a smile “Let’s get dirty!” and went to work, helping the Green Crew dig a hole for one of the three trees which were planted on the side of the elementary school.  And Jason wasn’t kidding about getting dirty– he was the first to pick up a shovel and get to work making a hole large enough for the young tree which was soon planted– at least after Jason had a bit of fun in the hole!

dsc02102 Jason Mraz Plants Trees At Burns School In Hartford

Photo by Bill Sencio/ 96.5 TIC

Within the span of a few hours, the six new saplings had all been planted and stabilized, ready to be tended to by the school’s students who will return on Tuesday to a wonderful new, green landscape.  Many artists do meet and greets or other similar press events when they come to town for a concert, but Jason Mraz’ tree plantings take community involvement to a whole new level, and this was the most unique and special artist event 96.5 TIC has ever had the honor to be a part of.

The Burns School is a greener place as of today, all thanks to Jason Mraz, Knox Parks, Billings Forge and all the wonderful volunteers that gave their time to help… what a great way to spend a Saturday!

For more photos from the tree planting event, Click Here and check out our complete Photo Gallery!

Channel 3 Eyewitness News covered Jason’s tree planting event as well… Check out their feature story, via WFSB:


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