TXU Energy representatives, Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) staff and students, along with local elected officials, commemorated a 40-tree donation from TXU, and observed the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 28 during an educational seminar and ceremonial tree planting at Rockport-Fulton Middle School.
TXU Energy donated the trees to the ACISD to help replace those lost to Harvey’s severe winds and widespread flooding.
“We are grateful as a community and a school district for TXU Energy’s generous donation of 40 trees. Hurricane Harvey not only damaged our county structurally, but also devastated our hearty tree community,” said ACISD Superintendent Joseph Patek. “Through the years and for many generations, these trees will be a symbol of the kindness and generosity of our fellow Texans. 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 ACISD campuses.
“We’re proud to donate trees to our communities and customers,” said TXU Energy Community Affairs Manager Caroline Atkins. “We hope these trees will provide numerous benefits to students, citizens, and visitors to the area for years to come.”
According to Texas Trees Foundation Urban and Community Forester Tyler Wright, trees will serve a vital role in rebuilding the Texas Gulf Coast region.
“Aransas County was one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Harvey, and we know firsthand trees bring people together and are the building blocks of a healthy community,” said Wright.