Installation of tree-filled park aims to make Dan D. Rogers a ‘Cool School’

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It’s an obvious statement this time of year: Dallas is hot.

Because of its concrete jungle, Big D is among cities where the average temperature is rising the fastest. A recent project coordinated by the Texas Tree Foundation aims to create a “Cool School” at Dallas ISD’s Dan D. Rogers Elementary.

“By the 90 trees that we planted here, as these trees grow up, it will physically cool this campus,” said Matt Grubishich of the Texas Tree Foundation. “Our Cool School program is about leaving no child inside. It’s about getting kids outside, interacting with the natural environment.”

Studies point to time spent outdoors as a boost to student achievement, he said.

The project will also create an outdoor learning environment. “Everything that goes into this design is specifically tied twoard the curriculum,” Grubishich said.

Students are already embracing the concept.

“I’m so excited for having a park at my school,” said fifth-grader Madeline. “I hope the park is going to be around a long time.”

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