Tilton School, 70 Grove St., Haverhill.
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Haverhill’s Mount Washington Neighborhood is in the midst of a transformation, its boosters say.
Buoyed by a relatively new neighborhood association, Urban Kindness, and a nearly half a million-dollar grant from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, residents aren’t overlooking the smaller steps that must be taken. These include planting trees, according to leader Keith Boucher.
“Over the course of three years, I believe it’s like 800 trees to be planted in the Mount Washington area.”
Thanks to a grant, he explained, new trees will not just adorn public spaces, but private properties too. An arborist will soon visit residents, survey their properties, suggest tree locations and arrange for free plantings. Boucher said benefits include saving heat and energy.
Urban Kindness participants are also doing what they can to boost test scores at Tilton School. Boucher said volunteers are working with the school department to help students with reading and math, put away books in the library and make better use of Tilton’s grounds.
“We are working with the city to get some tables and some seating for the new playground they have there.”
Boucher said ideas will be developed in concert with the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
“I feel personally, if we can win the Tilton School, we can win Mount Washington.”
Besides Boucher and his wife Diane, Urban Kindness’ leadership team includes Angie Estevez, the new Mount Washington Alliance initiative director; Michelle Johnson; Pati Halloran Webber; Dan Webber; Lisa Bellis; Josh Bauer; Katrina Hobbs-Everett; Cat Duchesne; Nairoby Gabriel; and Carlos Reymon Gabriel.
Urban Kindness is hosting a joint meeting with the Mount Washington Alliance Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30, at Rehoboth Lighthouse Full Gospel Church, 409 Washington St.