Plenty of Central Texas school districts are looking for new ways to stretch their education dollars, especially with a new school year starting next week. And some are going green to save.
The Texas School for the Deaf recently got a "green" makeover after it beat out 220 others for a $130,000 grant to make environmentally friendly improvements.
With the money, they bought rainwater collection barrels to keep the school grounds green.
Other green strategies for new school year: they're using energy-efficient light bulbs and motion-activated lights to conserve energy; the grant paid for hands-free faucets and dryers in the restrooms to save water and paper waste; the students will also get lessons in recycling, with bins next to every trash can on campus.