Saturday, Nov 29 Chess in Schools participants volunteered their time to care for many young NYC street trees. Street trees need the most care during the first five years of being planted. The volunteers removed liter, weeded and loosened the soil. Many street tree beds are very compact due to foot traffic. Extreme soil compaction causes the water to runoff the tree bed instead of being absorbed. Although it was a chilly morning the volunteers worked without complaint. Many neighbors stopped by and took a look at the great work the teens were doing. Many trees in Astoria benefited from the teens' hard work and dedication to the community.