Community Foundation Introduces New Funds

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Posted 8/17/2017

HALSTEAD—The Halstead Community Foundation has had a busy summer and is pleased to announce the addition of three new funds to benefit our community and schools.

The first, the USD 440 Endowment Fund, will be used to support the students, faculty and general district needs of USD 440.

“In the past, alumni have often contacted the district looking for ways to give back to the school that gave so much to them,” Superintendent Tom Alstrom said. “This fund will allow for an easy way to do that.”

A committee for the endowment fund will look at ways to enhance the school system, and together with the school board will fulfill needs or assist with projects otherwise not possible because of budget constraints.

The second, established with the Halstead Alumni Association, is the USD 440 Alumni Scholarship Fund. This scholarship aims to celebrate the tradition that many families share of having multiple generations of Dragons. Recipients must be graduating seniors who are the descendants of USD 440 Alumni, and they will have the opportunity to apply for this beginning in the spring.

Lastly, along with the family of Rex Fleetwood, the community foundation is proud to announce the Fleetwood Scholarship.  Fleetwood was a 1969 graduate of Halstead High School who loved debate class and math.  The Fleetwood family believes strongly in the support of education and that anyone should have a chance to take the next step, whether in college or trade school.

In setting up the fund, Donna, Rex’s wife, shared that even as he traveled around the world for business and pleasure, he never forgot his roots in Kansas and Halstead.  Rex’s sister, Ann Cuevas, said, “The family established this scholarship fund to give back to the community that helped us be successful in our own lives.”

Look for the Halstead Community Foundation at the Halstead Alumni Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 12, as well as at Riverside Park on Sunday, Aug. 13 when it will present this year’s grant recipients. To stay up to date on all the exciting opportunities from the Halstead Community Foundation, “like” us on Facebook.

For questions on these or any of our other funds, contact JaLayna Carmichael at 316-680-6271 or