Charitable actions along the line of Hiles’ have become increasingly crucial in recent years, as the city’s inner-city school districts have struggled to compensate for a 2011 decision by the state Legislature to cut $5.4 billion in education funding. Hit the hardest by the cuts were the schools in poorer, urban communities, where minimal property taxes were unable to overcome the budget loss. Since this controversial 2011 ruling, these districts have lost an average of 12 percent of their full-time teachers and been forced to leave students overcrowded and with less individual attention. As the New York Times reported, the state of Texas considers 66 percent of students in the Dallas district as at a high risk of dropping out, and Marcus Hiles believes the city’s youth need to be afforded better opportunities. “For these children hailing from lower income families, a quality education plays a pivotal role in improving social mobility,” Hiles pointed out. “Kindergarten through 6th grade is essential to the next generation’s success.”
Marcus Hiles, a prominent developer of residential communities in the Dallas area, is honored to donate land for community parks and eco-friendly green spaces. With the growth of the city, parks and natural areas for residents to unwind in the confines of nature are absolutely essential. Hiles has seen first hand how a healthy lifestyle helps the neighborhoods thrive and thus makes a point for his company to act in accordance. He strives to keep issues such as sustainability and environmental stewardship top-of-mind is important during the development process. The ability to enjoy natural settings is essential and helps families, couples, and individuals feel relaxed and comfortable in their place of residence. Hiles recognizes that these spots can only thrive through the dedication of people and businesses, and is proud to dedicate land for such an essential cause.