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!
a city employee and two volunteers/Board members honored
The 2018 Hometown Heroes Annual Luncheon recently celebrated more than 40 local Hometown Heroes from Northeast Tarrant County at the Bowden Event Center in Keller, Texas on April 19, 2018. Co-hosts, Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown & Channel 8 Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, came out to honor our Hometown Heroes.
Haltom City selected three wonderful people that work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens in Haltom City: David Cummings, Suzanne Norris and Bonnie Richards.
David Cummings (back row, 2nd from right) began his career with the City of Haltom City in June of 1992 as a temporary employee in Building Maintenance. Since then he has held many positions in Public Works. Earlier this year, he was promoted to the Assistant Director of Public Works. He has a “can do” attitude and believes he should perform at the highest level on and off the clock. David was dispatched to a residence because of a potential water leak. Upon arriving to the resident’s property, he quickly saw that the problem was on the resident’s side of the meter. Knowing that the repair wasn’t something the resident was capable of doing and the resident’s income was limited, he went to the hardware store after work and picked up the repair parts. He went back to the resident’s house and fixed the leak on his own time and with money from his own pocket. He has often come to work with his lawn mower because he planned to mow the yards of local senior citizens who needed help. Last year, Haltom City built a new Veteran’s Memorial and David led the City’s personnel (both Public Works staff and Parks Department staff) in setting the rotating globe. He constructed the pool that the globe sits in. He also graded the site around the Memorial platform, installed concrete foundations at each corner of the platform and installed the light poles & lighting on these foundations. The work he and city staff did saved the city approximately $100,000 on the project.
In 2013, Suzanne Norris (front row, on left) was appointed to serve on the Haltom City Fire Services Board. She had already become very active with Haltom City C.E.R.T. and she jumped in with both feet! By the end of the first meeting, she was involved in the department and has not stopped since. She assists with the planning of the Annual Awards Banquet, Annual Open House, and the Junior Fire and Police Camp every summer. She works every city event, including Christmas on Broadway, CARFEST and the Haltom Halloween with the rest of the Fire Services Board by popping popcorn and handing out fire prevention materials. She now serves as the Chairperson for the Fire Services Board and she runs the meetings and keeps everyone in line and on their toes! She is at every HCFD event, but before that event takes place, we are assured that everything and everyone will be where they are supposed to be. Suzanne always asks people to help and she asks people to be involved. Her true passions are God, family and Haltom City Fire Rescue.
Bonnie Richards (front row, in middle) has always wanted a fountain to honor her family in Haltom City. She wanted to recognize all of her family members that served our country. When the Veterans Memorial project was initially discussed, she knew Haltom Road Park would be the perfect spot. She and her family donated over $15,000 to purchase the globe fountain (pictured at right) at the Veterans Memorial. It was a tremendous gift to the city that will be here as a reminder of not only her family’s sacrifice to our country, but their dedication and continued support of our community. Bonnie has been on the Haltom City Library Board for 15 years and she donated the first public statue (pictured left) in the City to the Library in honor of her late husband Jake Richards, as well as memorial trees at both the Library and the Recreation Center in his honor. She is a member of the Friends of the Haltom City Public Library and the Haltom City Garden Club. She is an active member of St. Luke Methodist Church, is treasurer of the United Methodist Women, a teacher of VBS and taught at the church’s popular ESL program.
Thank you to David, Suzanne and Bonnie for their continued involvement in our City and their outstanding examples of community engagement and leadership. Haltom City is a much better place to both live in and work for because of them.
All Entries Displayed At The Library During The Month of May
Judges have studied the 157 entries in the 2018 Images of Haltom City Photo Contest and have chosen the winners. Best of Show honors (at right) went to Maria Krupa for her photograph outside of The Café here in Haltom City. Ms. Krupa will receive a $300 cash prize for her winning entry.
Photos are separated into nine categories, with those taken in Haltom City (red) eligible for the Best of Show honor. The winning entries can be seen below.
The entries can be viewed below by clicking on any picture and scrolling through the slideshow.
A big thank you to our judges this year, Cos Deleo, Ting Huang, and Gary Blocker. The winners and all of the contest entries will be on display at the Haltom City Public Library (4809 Haltom Rd) during the month of May.
Thank you to all the participants during this year’s photo contest and winners will be contacted individually regarding their entries and cash prize awards. Photographers may pick up their photo entries at the Haltom City Recreation Center (4839 Broadway Ave) beginning Friday, June 15th during their normal business hours. Entries not picked up by Friday, July 13, 2018 will be discarded.
Best of Show Maria Krupa
Haltom City Scenes Winner – Tammy Klepac Honorable Mention – Maria Krupa
People & Their Activities Winner – Bob Oatman Honorable Mention – Bob Oatman
Haltom City Animals Winner – Jana Kristofek Honorable Mention – Alexandra Geltmeier
Haltom Has Heart Winner – Marie Manrique Honorable Mention – Fran Burns
Landscapes/Nature (On the Road) Winner – Kelsie Christiana Honorable Mention – Deborah Geltmeier
Architecture (On the Road) Winner – Christy Blackwell Honorable Mention – Debra McDaniel
Documentary (On the Road) Winner – Zachary Smith Honorable Mention – Christi Pruitt
Still-life (On the Road) Winner – Susan Roe Honorable Mention – Morgan Gillinger
Portraits (On the Road) Winner – Maria Krupa Honorable Mention – Zachary Smith
Birdville Independent School District (BISD) has developed a community engagement office that communicates the specific needs of each school campus and coordinates the efforts from volunteer groups. They also promote programs that benefit students and families by encouraging participation and engagement within the district. One of their main goals is to have every school adopted by a local business, church or civic organization. There are also numerous ways that individuals can support our schools through mentoring, speaking at Career Days, volunteering for campus events and much more.
They have an exciting upcoming event that you can help with...World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries. This event calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. In BISD, this event has been celebrated by several campuses, but in 2018 it will be celebrated by all BISD elementary school campuses! In fact, they are dedicating an entire week to this event! World Read Aloud Week is January 29 to February 2, 2018. It is their goal to have each elementary classroom visited by an adult guest reader from the community. If you’re interested in serving as a guest reader for the event, please visit www.birdvilleschools.net/communityengagement and click the "Events & Opportunities" tab.
They are also proud to work with some of our local laundromats in offering Laundromat Libraries. These crates of children’s books are kept on site at each participating laundromat. Children can choose books to read while they wait for their family to finish their laundry. While they would like for the books to remain onsite, so others may also read them, they understand that some readers just may not be able to put their books down! Each crate will be checked on at least once a month, when they will be refilled with more books or changed out to maintain interest.
or 817-547-5751 for more information.