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Texas Trust Builds on Strategic Partnership with Grand Prairie ISD
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:00 AM

Texas Trust at Garcia Elementary

The employees at Texas Trust are passionate about impacting lives through community involvement. Their goal is to enrich lives through compassion, service, and outreach. So it's not surprising that 14 Texas Trust employees recently devoted part of their work day to the children of Garcia Elementary School in Grand Prairie.

The credit union has a longstanding strategic partnership with the Grand Prairie Independent School District and, when asking about volunteer opportunities, the credit union was directed toward Garcia Elementary. 

The credit union views their time and energy as important to the school as a monetary donation. The volunteers worked in the garden, along with the school garden club, to stain and replace the roof of the pergola, repair and weed flower beds, and fix the rain barrels. The garden is used for a variety of learning opportunities for the students. They accomplished this in only a few hours so that the teachers could focus on what they do best—teaching children.

Texas Trust Visits Garcia ElementaryThe children were excited and grateful that the credit union volunteers spent time to help with their garden. The volunteers were invited into the school's library when the work was done and were surprised by a group of students who sang a thank-you song. Another group presented volunteers with gift bags and handmade thank-you notes. 

Volunteers reported seeing and hearing the children in the hallways chattering with enthusiasm and asking their teachers if they could go look at the garden. Many teachers said the volunteers accomplished in three hours what would have taken them several weekends.

Texas Trust Visits Garcia ElementaryParticipating employees felt the experience was very rewarding and are eager to go back. Outreach organizers have plans for ongoing activities, including reading, mentoring, and more gardening.

"It was such an honor for our team of volunteers to refurbish the teaching gardens at Garcia Elementary," said Jim Minge, president and CEO of Texas Trust Credit Union. "I was truly touched by the excitement of the students as they came out to help and plant their crops and by the passion of the educators who will use the garden to teach real world applications of math and science. It was an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone who volunteered."