- Parks and Rec Gives Out 825 Backpacks at This Year’s Back to School Health Fair
On July 29, 2017, the Haltom City Parks and Recreation Department (HCPRD) hosted their 8th annual Back to School Health Fair at Haltom High School. Every Haltom City elementary and middle school student was invited to this event, where they could receive a free vision screening, a free keepsake family photo, a free haircut, a free backpack, free school supplies, as well as access to all the health information from 30 vendors and sponsors. This year we saw our largest crowd ever, as 1,300 residents attended and 825 students picked up their new backpack and school supplies. The remaining backpacks and school supply packs were given to the Birdville Council of PTAs to distribute to Haltom City students who were unable to attend the Health Fair.
Christi Pruitt, Haltom City Parks and Recreation Director, said “this was our biggest turnout ever and we had a great response from vendors and community partners. It’s such a privilege to be able to give back to the students and families of our community in this way. I am so grateful we are able to raise the funds to support our local students on their educational path successfully.”
HCPRD recognized the financial needs of Haltom City families with all seven of their elementary schools designated as Title 1 campuses and 80% of their students on free and reduced lunch programs. They raised over $27,000 for this year’s Health Fair, and have raised approximately $182,000 over the eight years since they began the program. The Haltom Stampede, CARFEST and the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament are the three annual fundraising events they host to raise all the money that assists the local students and families at the Health Fair.
Special thanks to our sponsors for this year’s fair: Amerigroup, Frost Bank, Waste Connections, Birdville Baptist Church & Northeast Ministries, and Five Star Ford. A very special thanks to the Haltom City Police Department for purchasing the 900 backpacks for this year’s event. We would also like to thank the local business sponsors, non-profit agencies, civic groups, local churches and volunteers that make this event possible.
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 Scholarship luncheon. These scholarships are a way for the City to support the students of our community while also promoting the importance of Fine Arts in education. We recognize how important they are in building a strong community. Applicants were evaluated by their participation in the Fine Arts programs for at least two years, as well as their leadership in the community and academic performance. This year’s winner’s were Natalie Nounennady, Gavin Ricks and Kasey Romero.
Pictured at right, with Councilmember Bob Watkins, are:
Natalie Nounennady, pictured far left, was in the top 5% of her class, as well as being an AP scholar. She was a member of three choirs at Haltom, including the Show Choir and served as a Choir Officer, as well as being in the Pride of Haltom band for three years where she was a Squad Leader. She was President of the Prayer Club, Vice President of National Honor Society and an officer in the Humanitarian Club. Natalie had a 99 average and was ranked 24th in her class of 542. Natalie will be attending Dallas Baptist University with plans to study music education with a vocal emphasis and hopes to come back to Haltom High School to be the Choir Director. Natalie impressed us with her energy and incredible ability to do everything! She is a bright, shining star that will achieve anything she sets her mind to. Congratulations Natalie!
Gavin Ricks, pictured in the middle, told us he only took choir as a freshman to get his fine arts credit, but fell in love with it and has been in the school choir ever since. He was named as the most Outstanding Junior in the Ac-Capella Choir and also joined the Haltom Singers in 2016. Gavin was Captain of the varsity football and track teams and was also on the varsity wrestling team. He was chosen as the 2017 BISD Outstanding Core Citizen, as well as the Homecoming King. Gavin had a 94 average and was ranked 81st out of his class of 542. Gavin will be attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock and has plans to major in Business Management. Gavin impressed us with his positive outlook and how he wants to be an advocate for change and aspires to break stereotypes. Gavin has defined himself on his terms and because of that, we think he is already there. Congratulations Gavin!
Kasey Romero, pictured far right, has been part of the Pride of Haltom band for seven years, and served as Drum Major, Section Leader and Squad Leader. Kasey is a member of the National Honor Society and DECA, and also the President and founding member of the Haltom Humanitarian Society. In April, she coordinated Glam Girls with Rescue Her, a makeover event for middle schoolers that brought awareness to human trafficking. Kasey had a 95 average and is ranked 63rd out of her class of 542. She will be attending Concordia University in Austin and has plans to become a Medical Social Worker. She wants to change lives for the better and we are so proud that she is from Haltom. Congratulations Kasey!
- Taco Bell is Located in Haltom City at 2808 Denton Hwy.
Representatives from Keep Haltom City Beautiful and the city of Haltom City joined Mayor Pro-Tem, Bob Watkins, and Council Member, Dr. An Truong, to present Taco Bell with the Business of the Quarter Award for the second quarter of 2017. Taco Bell is located in Haltom City at 2808 Denton Hwy. and offers a variety of Tex-Mex foods, including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, other specialty items, and a variety of “value menu” items. They want you “Live Mas”! To learn more about Taco Bell, visit www.TacoBell.com.
This great Haltom City business serves as an example of the importance to the city’s economic development prospects that all businesses maintain their landscaping, and provide a safe environment and a welcoming atmosphere. Thank you Taco Bell for being committed to keeping your property clean and serving as an example for other businesses along a well-traveled thoroughfare in our city. Taco Bell is a business that citizens can be extremely proud of.”
- Congratulations to Dana Coffman, Christi Pruitt & Kristi Starn-Harris
The 2017 Hometown Heroes Annual Luncheon, held on May 18, 2017, celebrated more than 40 local Hometown Heroes from Northeast Tarrant County at the Hurst Conference Center. The event was co-hosted by Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown & Channel 8 Meteorologist Colleen Coyle.
Haltom City selected three wonderful Hometown Heroes that work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens in Haltom City. Those recognized were Dana Coffman, Kristi Starn Harris and Christi Pruitt.
Dana Coffman is the Haltom City Parks Board Chair and has been an active member for five years. She is also the secretary of the Haltom City Girls Softball Association and a member of the Haltom City Citizens Police Academy. She works full time while homeschooling her daughter. Dana and her family are a fixture at all of our city special events where they volunteer wherever we need them.
Kristi Starn-Harris is in her 28th year of teaching in BISD, beginning at Haltom Middle School. She has been the Educational Diagnostician for Haltom Middle since 1997, working with special needs students and helping them get the services they need to be successful. She is also the PTA president of Haltom High School, where she helps to organize fundraising events, including the craft fair and the Drive for Your School with Five Star Ford. She received her undergraduate degree in education from UNT and her Masters from Texas Woman’s University.
Christi Pruitt has been working for the City of Haltom City for 12 years and was recently promoted to the Parks & Recreation Director. She is a graduate from Texas Christian University with a degree in Kinesiology and she bleeds TCU purple! Christi is a founding member of the annual Haltom City Back to School Health Fair, which gives our local elementary and middle school students a free backpack, school supplies, and health screenings. Over the past seven and a half years, her efforts have raised over $170,000! Christi has been happily married to Jeff for 15 years and they have two daughters.
Thank you to Dana, Kristi and Christi for your continued involvement in our city and your outstanding examples of community engagement and leadership.
- The City Newsletter is Mailed Out Bi-Monthly
The October/November 2017 Crossroads City Newsletter is available fordownload.
- WT Francisco earned Clean campus Award for 2016-17 school year
W.T. Francisco Elementary has been awarded $500 for being the Cleanest Campus in Haltom City for the 2016-17 school year. Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) rated the local school campuses on having litter-free grounds, available litter and recycling barrels, and the 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 W. T. include the courtyard committee, which determined the needs and projects for the courtyard garden and coordinated with student and teachers to complete the projects. Their campus courtyard is utilized by the students and staff for outdoor teaching and animal observation. They have a student leadership team that regularly collect trash and recyclables on campus grounds in order to keep the campus clean. BISD introduced a district-wide recycling program in 2016-17, and students at W. T. are responsible for recycling class materials daily in the school’s recycling receptacles.
Second graders observed the butterfly life cycle and released them into the campus courtyard. They also bring recyclable items from home to build “recycle-bots”. Third grade students grew tomato plants in the campus courtyard, as well as observed larvae turning into ladybugs. Fifth graders attended Camp Grady Spruce, a science camp, where they learned science and environmental objectives.
Congratulations to W. T. Francisco Elementary staff and students for their commitment to protecting our environment and Keeping Haltom City Beautiful.