Location: Waste Connections Transfer Station - 2120 Minnis Dr. | Haltom City, TX 76117
Instead of trashing your real Christmas tree and filling up the landfill, we encourage residents to recycle them. Waste Connections, the city’s solid waste hauling and recycling contractor, will be accepting trees at the Transfer Station, located at 2120 Minnis Dr., from December 26, 2018 through January 12, 2019. The location is just south of Hwy 121. Google maps lists the address as north of 121...this is incorrect.
Hours of operation at the transfer station are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Saturday 8 - 11:30 a.m. Please arrive with your tree 30 minutes before closing time.
Christmas Tree Safety Tips
Haltom City produced the short video below to demonstrate the rapid pace at which a dried out Christmas tree can go up in flames.
Julie Orebaugh, Haltom City Community Relations Coordinator, was recognized for her support of Birdville ISD at the June 28, 2018 Trustee Board meeting. Julie serves on multiple Partners in Education committees, is a member of the Haltom High School CORE Values team, and has served on the Teaming for Excellence in Education (TEE) committee. Julie uses city resources to advertise school district needs and events.
Most recently, her advertisements in the newsletter and electronic billboards lead to a record setting number of attendees at the Birdville Reads event on June 2, 2018. She is also one of the leaders who merged the Haltom City Back to School Health Fair with Refresh BISD, combining resources and funding to help an even greater number of families in the district through this combined effort. She is always willing to help the students and families in Birdville ISD.
pictured L to R: BISD Board of Trustee Kelvin Dilks, Julie Orebaugh, and her family Donagh and Bryce
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world. Just another reason to love Dolly!
“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.” ~ Dolly Parton
Three Haltom High School Students Awarded $500 Scholarships
The City of Haltom City presented three Haltom City graduating seniors with a $500 Fine Arts Student Scholarship at the Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce’s May, 2018 Scholarship luncheon as well as the Haltom High School Senior Awards Ceremony. This year’s winners are Arisahi Rosas, Giselle Carrillo and Alejandro Saucedo.
These scholarships are a way for the City to support the students of our community while also promoting the importance of the fine arts in education. We recognize how important these young adults are in building a strong community.
Applicants were evaluated by their participation in the BISD Fine Arts programs for at least two years, their leadership in the community, academic performance as well as an in-person interview. Six finalists were interviewed by a panel of Haltom City staff.
Arisahi Rosas is a self-taught visual artist artwork below) who creates the most stunning color pencil drawings. This year, one of her works was chosen for the state VASE competition, which only accepts 10% of the entries from our region. Her piece also won Best Technical and Best of Show in the Haltom High School art show.
Arisahi is in AVID, National Honor Society, is a Biology Tutor, in the Science Club, a Leader in the Link Crew, and the President of the Movie Club. Arisahi has a 96 average and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington. This young lady blew us away with her passion for living and her love for her father and her family. Congratulations Arisahi!
Giselle Carrillo has been in band since the 6th grade and served as a section leader in flute for the Pride of Haltom Marching and Concert Bands throughout high school. She is in AVID, is a Biology Tutor, as well as a National Honor Society Officer.
Giselle had two jobs while earning a 97 average and being in the top 10% of her class. She will be attending the University of Texas at Tyler and has plans to become a Nurse Practitioner. Her role model is her hard-working father and she wants to help others and give back to her community. Congratulations Giselle!
Alejandro Saucedo was in theater, choir, and show choir, where he served as the manager. He placed 1st in the Haltom High School Talent Show in 2017 and was named as Best Actor at Haltom High School. Alejandro has directed four of the musicals at Haltom High School, as well as performing in at least 10.
He will be playing Tobi in the upcoming "Sweeney Todd" performance at Casa Manana. Alejandro had a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend TCU, where he earned a full scholarship, and will study Musical Theater. He plans to perform on Broadway in the not-to-distant future. Congratulations Alejandro!
We produced a short video where we interviewed the three scholarship recipients, highlighting their achievements and their inspirations.
This Year's Clean Campus Award Winner is Birdville Elementary
Birdville Elementary has been awarded $500 for being the Cleanest Campus in Haltom City for the 2017-2018 school year.
Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) rated the local school campuses on:
Having litter free grounds
Available litter and recycling barrels
General appearance of their campuses
Each school also submitted their current projects, events and activities that support the KHCB mission, along with photos. Some of the programs at Birdville Elementary included 4th and 5th grade students participating in a lesson about all the displaced animals from the 2017 summer hurricanes. Their librarian showed several news videos from Houston about the saving and transporting of displaced animals to other animal shelters, north of Houston, and even to other states. The students then collected old t-shirts and made chew toys to give to the Haltom City Animal Services facility.
The 3rd graders learned about how to be good citizens. They discussed ways they can do their part in caring for our community (recycling; reducing our consumption on resources) as well as helping improve and clean the environment.
The 2nd graders learned ways to save our oceans by not throwing plastics in the trash, choosing to recycle them instead. They made several ocean animals out of recycled plastics (turtles, fish and a jellyfish in a bottle), and they also learned how animals are harmed in the oceans by all the plastics being thrown away.
The 1st graders conducted a recycling project using cardboard, lids, egg cartons, boxes, etc., making anything they wanted out of the items. Their creations were called “Litter Bugs”.
Kindergartners learned all about the ways to keep our planet clean.
Congratulations to Birdville Elementary staff and students for their commitment to protecting our environment and Keeping Haltom City Beautiful!