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TXU Energy Lends ‘Green Thumb’ to Area Middle School


Community leaders join company in planting five 30-gallon trees

green-thumb-stories-landingDallas and Fort Worth community leaders and TXU Energy recently put their green thumbs to use, planting five 30-gallon trees at JP Elder Middle School, an economically disadvantaged school in north Fort Worth. Built over 100 years ago and a historic feature in Fort Worth, JP Elder Middle School educates more than 1,300 children annually.

Fort Worth City Councilman Sal Espino (District 2), JP Elder Middle School Principal James Garcia, members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce North Area Council, and Texas Trees Foundation joined TXU Energy Community Relations Manager Lacy Sperry to plant the trees, which included two Shumard Red Oaks, two Vitex and one Cedar Elm.

“The trees donated to this historic school come from our very TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm, the largest nonprofit urban tree farm in nation,” said Lacy. “As part of our commitment to environmental stewardship, each year employees, their families and friends gather to plant and transplant thousands of trees, which the company donates to economically disadvantaged areas throughout Texas.”

Eager students from the school got in on the action too. They learned how to properly plant trees and how to care for them, and took a way a bit of homework – a Mexican Red Oak seedling to plant at home.