HALSTEAD—The Halstead Community Foundation announced the recipients of its 2018 grant cycle during the Old Settlers community picnic on Aug. 12. Nine local organizations were awarded grants that totaled just under $10,000.
The Halstead Public Library received a grant to install push-button handicap accessible doors to its main west entrance. Librarian Joleen Ross noted that this would make it much easier for the handicapped and elderly to visit the library.
A grant to Halstead’s Interfaith Council will help support the annual vacation Bible school, which will take place May 28-31 next year. Last May, the program grew tremendously to 117 kids from 49. The grant funds will help provide these children with take-home materials to reinforce the lessons they learn.
Halstead Police Department was awarded a grant to purchase three AEDs to place inside each of its vehicles. Police Chief Josh Orem said this would put officers in a better position to assist victims of cardiac arrest as they wait for EMS to arrive.
Teacher Ashley Watkins accepted a grant to start an Anam Cara club at Halstead High School. This group just for girls will help them build confidence, learn about healthy relationships, and navigate the challenges of high school, Watkins said. The grant money will go toward purchasing books for the girls to read and discuss during their meetings.
Health Ministries received a grant to purchase a small piece of equipment that goes on a patient’s finger and measures both his or her pulse and the amount of oxygen in the blood. According to Chief Financial Officer Dan Evans, these devices range from $600 to $800, and the grant will allow Health Ministries to purchase one.
A grant to the Kansas Learning Center for Health will allow the purchase of a SMART board, a flat-screen panel that can be used both at the Learning Center and on the road when staff gives programs at schools. Executive Director Carrie Herman said it would benefit students in Halstead, Harvey County, and anyone else who attends their programs.
Bentley Primary School was awarded a grant to purchase flexible seating options. According to principal Adam Conard, this would allow students to learn in a more comfortable environment.
The Halstead Clover 4H Club received a grant to maintain the four flower planters it installed downtown two years ago. Club member Josie Engel said the 4-Hers hope to continue maintaining these planters for many years to come.
Rachael Miner accepted a grant on behalf of STAND—formerly known as Youth As Resources (YAR), a program started at Halstead High School last year. It was this club that was responsible for painting the new mural at Scout Park, and Miner said the grant funds would go toward promoting positive, healthy decisions amongst youth.
This year’s grant recipients were selected from a pool of 13 applicants.
The grant cycle is made possible by two funds: the Halstead Community Impact Endowment fund and the Kansas Kansas Health Foundation—Halstead Fund. According to Executive Director JaLayna Carmichael, the foundation kept some money in reserve for the possibility of awarding a grant later this year, similar to how it helped Halstead Middle School purchase its gaga ball pit outside its normal grant cycle.
From left, Josie Engel, Dominique Schutte and Dalaina Schutte explain the Halstead Clover 4-H Club’s plans to use its grant money to maintain the flower planters downtown.
Dan Evans shows off the device that Health Ministries will purchase with its grant from the Halstead Community Foundation. The piece of equipment measures pulse and oxygen levels in the blood.