Students get hands dirty to fight pint-sized pest

The city is cutting down thousands of trees that have been ravaged by the Emerald Ash Borer, but it's re-planting efforts got a boost on Tuesday from some grade seven and eight students of Vincent Massey School.

"Trees beautify the community, shade for children to play under and sit under and it filters the oxygen," said Rania Chamseddine.

The students raised $6,300 and the Royal Bank of Canada added $1,000 to the total to replace the trees in the Ottawa Community Housing Community of Russell Heights.

"We decided to choose three different trees, three different sizes...So we got the Japanese Lilac, Ornamental pear and the Locust," explained Amber Tuinder.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that is wreaking havoc on ash trees in Ottawa and other municipalities.

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