EDINBURG – TXU Energy representatives along with the Texas Trees Foundation donated 20 trees to the Edinburg school district.

The donation will be consist of 20 live oak trees which will be planted at Eisenhower, Kennedy, Magee, Truman and Villarreal elementary schools.

“We are grateful for the generosity from TXU Energy and its commitment to making a difference for our children and our school community,” Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez said. “For more than a century we have been planting trees at Edinburg CISD that continue to grow to this day.”

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.

Matt Grubisich with Texas Trees Foundation said the South Texas Region often tops the nation in extreme heat and high humidity which makes tree cover vital to reducing the urban heat island and to create shade where students study and play.

“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,” he said.

Since 2002 TXU Energy and its sister companies have provided 300,000 trees to several communities.