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TXU Energy makes donation to ACISD to replace trees lost to hurricane

Posted: 4:08 PM, Aug 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-29 10:44:08-04

TXU Energy donated 40 trees to the Aransas County Independent School District to replace those lost by Hurricane Harvey’s severe winds and widespread flooding.

During a ceremonial tree planting and educational seminar at Rockport-Fulton Middle School, TXU representatives, along with Aransas County ISD staff and students and local elected officials gathered to observe the one-year anniversary of the storm.

“Through the years and for many generations, these trees will be a symbol of the kindness and generosity of our fellow Texans,” said Joseph Patek, Aransas County ISD superintendent. “For TXU Energy to realize the importance of rebuilding our environment is touching.”

The donated trees – including desert willow, fruiting mulberry, possumhaw holly, and vitex species – will help replace those that were destroyed across Aransas County ISD campuses.

The tree donation is part of TXU Energy’s Trees Across Texas program, which has provided more than 285,000 trees to communities since 2002 through the company’s longstanding partnership with the Texas Trees Foundation .

TXU Energy says it has helped generate environmental savings and health benefits for municipalities and residents valued at approximately $37 million annually during the life of these trees.