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DALLAS -- The city of Dallas and ExxonMobil celebrated the end of the 21st year of the ExxonMobil Green Team, the oil company's community service program, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and key presentation for two new homes built by the team in Dallas.

The event recognized the 100 area high-school students who spent their summer constructing homes, maintaining and landscaping Dallas parks and recreation areas, and participating in academic classes and educational field trips. The new homeowners were presented with keys to the new homes built by the ExxonMobil Green Team.

Since 1981, ExxonMobil Foundation has invested more than $4.9 million in the Dallas Green Team program, serving more than 2,700 Dallas students and resulting in the construction of 19 homes and numerous park improvements. The ExxonMobil Foundation provided a grant of $200,000 to the city of Dallas to fund the 2002 Green Team program.

"The ExxonMobil Green Team program is a great opportunity for area teenagers to gain meaningful work experience along with academic skills," said Arleen Lawson, executive director of the ExxonMobil Foundation. "By providing an academic component, the Green Team emphasizes the importance of higher education, and students learn skills they can use when they return to school in the fall and throughout their lives. ExxonMobil is proud to have supported this program over the past 21 years."