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      Dalhart's student council undertakes landscaping project

      Dalhart's student council has started a project that should boost their school's appearance and help the environment.

      It's an ambitious landscaping effort, and Pronews 7 is featuring it in this week's Region 16 Spotlight On Education report.

      It was last year, the student council president decided their new school needed that. So some trees are coming that will give her classmates some shade.

      But it was five years ago that Dalhart's new high school was built. However, its landscaping stayed bare. So, last year the Student Council President Ashley DeJong decided to change that.

      "She said that's the project she wanted to take on. So I let her have it, she ran with it, she went to the school board, first she went to Mr. Steele the principal, then went to the school board, brought it to them. Made all the propositions she needed to make and proposed it and we got it done," said Laura Amaya, Student Council Sponsor.

      "It makes me excited. A lot of times we have to stand outside by the parking lot and it gets real hot. And it will be nice to have some trees there to, you know, sit underneath and be in the shade and socialize some," said Keaton Stengel, Dalhart High School Junior.

      Moving forward, the student council is asking for donations to help but the trees, Cleveland Pears that school officials say don't take much watering and can handle the infamous Panhandle weather.

      "We also plan on putting plaques. Anybody that plans to "in memory of" or "in honor of" we'll have plaques to put under the trees," said Amaya.

      The students say they're excited to be part of something that will have a permanent impact on their campus. Knowing years later, they'll be able to share it with their families.

      "Our school will look a lot better with trees. I'm excited for them to be fully grown of course. I don't know how old I'll be when that finally happens but you know, at least, I'll be able to drive by and see them, and be like yeah that was me 15 or 20 years ago," said Stengel.

      The school hopes to plant 30 trees, and will do that in October. If you would like to make a donation, you can call Dalhart High School at 244-7300.