On the eve of the anniversary of the tornadoes in North Dallas, HEB / Central Market announced during a press conference that it will donate $ 1 million to the Dallas Education Foundation to help rebuild Dallas ISD schools.
“My team knows that I am looking for impressive results, and this is one of them,” said Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.
The tornadoes of October 20, 2019 disrupted a 15-mile area in North Dallas containing 10 Dallas ISD schools, three of which suffered severe damage that prevented their reopening. As a consequence, the students were transferred to other campuses where they continued their education.
“At HEB / Central Market we are committed not only to helping rebuild the Preston Royal area, but to this entire community,” said Stephen Butt, president of the Central Market / HEB division. “Our company has a longstanding commitment to public education throughout the state and we are proud to help Dallas ISD with additional funds to rebuild these schools in our own community. On the anniversary of the tornado, we look forward to further development that is still needed in this part of town and we invite others to join in this effort.
Mita Havlick, executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation, said, “HEB / Central Market understands, through the many years of supporting public education, that it takes the entire community to educate the student. We are deeply grateful to HEB / Central Market and Mr. Butt for their generous donation. Even more, we appreciate your commitment to the Dallas ISD community and students, teachers, and schools, particularly those whose lives were changed forever by the October 2019 tornadoes. “
In addition to the donation, Central Market will give away 50 new trees to the community through the RETREET organization. A feature of this solidly established community is the beautiful cover of mature trees, many of which were destroyed by the storm. The trees will be planted to restore the beauty of the neighborhood.