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Daily Sun photo/Janet Jacobs Collins Middle School Student Council members, along with city officials and representatives from TXU pose near the trees to be planted Wednesday at Fullerton-Garrity Park.

Students from the Collins Middle School student council did a good thing, and then got a picnic Wednesday.

The 50 students were part of an effort to plant 18 trees at Fullerton-Garitty Park. The trees were donated by TXU Energy, as part of its “Committed to Community Growth” program.

The company has donated over 150,000 trees to Texas communities thus far.

In Corsicana, the company gave 20 Eastern Red Bud trees, which were used to beautify the area around the park pavilion, and then another three large crepe myrtles which went in at the sidewalk.

For the students, the program was a chance to get out into fresh air, dig in the dirt a bit and then play in the park. Not all 150 of the student council members got to attend, pointed out Monique Morgan with Collins Middle School. In order to get the opportunity for the field trip, students had to be active participants in the group by participating in the fundraisers for projects such as Haiti relief, and Angel Tree kids.

“The City of Corsicana is very blessed to receive this donation,” said Sharla Allen, Corsicana Parks Director.

Visitors to the park will notice that only 22 of the new trees made it into the ground. TXU actually purchased and donated 23 trees, but one was stolen while the holes were being dug Wednesday morning.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? E-mail: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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