EDINBURG – TXU Energy recently donated 20 live oak trees to the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District during a special tree dedication ceremony at Kennedy Elementary School.
“We are grateful for the generosity from TXU Energy and its commitment to making a difference for our children and our school community,” ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez said. “For more than a century, we have been planting trees at Edinburg CISD that continue to grow to this day. We hope that these new oak trees will thrive for several years to come.”
TXU Energy in partnership with the Texas Trees Foundation is creating an enhanced outdoor learning environment and helping boost Edinburg CISD’s tree canopy and sustainability efforts with a donation of live oak trees to five campuses, including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Magee, Truman and Villarreal elementary schools.
“I’m excited having the trees,” Kennedy Elementary School Principal Gloria Alonzo said. “We do have a teacher and her husband, who are going to build benches for us. We are going to set the benches underneath the trees for our students and our parents to come in and enjoy the wonderful shade that they will create.”
Matt Grubisich, Texas Trees Foundation director of operations and urban forestry, talked to students during the ceremony about the importance of planting trees across area school campuses.
“The South Texas region often tops the nation in extreme heat and high humidity, which means tree canopy cover, especially at schools, is vital to reducing the urban heat island effect and to creating shade where students study and play,” Grubisich said. “Providing as much as 15 degrees of cooling on hot summer days, trees are one of our most valuable resources, and are key components of strong and healthy communities.”
The donated live oak trees were selected by the Texas Trees Foundation for their ability to withstand hot summer temperatures and provide much-needed shade.
“Environmental stewardship is a key focus for TXU Energy, and through our Trees Across Texas program, we’re able to team with our valued partners, like Edinburg CISD, to make a real difference in the communities we serve,” said Eric Holz, TXU Energy sales executive. “By planting trees at schools, we’re creating outdoor learning opportunities, increasing shade near recreation spaces, and beautifying campuses for generations of students to enjoy.”
Since 2002, TXU Energy, and its sister companies, have provided nearly 300,000 trees to various partner communities. The donated trees have helped generate environmental savings and health benefits for municipalities and residents valued at approximately $37 million annually during the life of these trees.