Six Kansas Schools win True Value Foundation Grant


Painting a Brighter Future 2018
Susan B. Anthony Middle School representatives receive 30-gallons of EasyCare Ultra Premium Paint from Waters True Value in Manhattan through the True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future Grant. From left: Julie Head, AMS Reading teacher; Mike Guinn, Store Manager, Waters True Value -Manhattan; Vickie Kline, AMS Principal; and Melissa Triana, AMS Financial Secretary.

(SALINA  – Aug. 9, 2018) – A fresh coat of paint brightens any room, and this summer six Kansas schools received 30 gallons of donated paint to refresh their learning environment. Central Elementary School, Hoisington High School, Olpe High School, Smoky Valley Middle School, Susan B. Anthony Middle School (AMS) and Wamego High School are recipients of a paint grant through Waters True Value’s partnership with True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future program. A True Value Foundation paint grant helps improve a school’s learning environment and can have an impact on student attitudes and academic performance.

As a fifth-generation Kansas company, we couldn’t be more excited to give back to our communities and help our local schools through True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future program,” said Jim Waters, President and CEO of Waters True Value. “The donation will not only save our schools some money, but more importantly will create an environment that fosters learning, inspires creativity and instills community pride.”

Partnering with True Value Foundation, Waters True Value nominated all six schools for a 30-gallon paint grant to help refresh their learning spaces. Each school plans to use the donated paint on various projects ranging from inspirational mural wall art to a school-wide paint refresh.

AMS plans to use the paint donated to us to retouch and refresh hallways throughout the building,” said Melissa Triana, AMS Financial Secretary. “The existing paint on our walls is original to the building’s décor from 1996, so this paint will go a long way to cover patches, fingerprints and smudges created from over 20 years of students.”

Triana adds, “Our faculty and staff appreciate every chance we’re given to present our best image to the community we serve. This paint from Waters True Value gives us the opportunity to do just that without utilizing precious funds meant to be allocated to our students.”

For more information on the Painting a Brighter Future grant, visit

True Value Foundation unites retailers in helping improve the lives of children in the communities True Value serves. The foundation advocates for youth and serves as a catalyst to provide tools and resources to help youth realize their dreams and achieve their potential. The foundation encourages its partners to get involved and give back through volunteerism, mentorship, community improvements, and raising funds.

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4 Items You Should Be Renting for the Holidays

Waters True Value is more than just a hardware store. We also provide quality rental equipment for contractors, do-it-yourselfers and party and wedding events. You name it, we probably rent it.

With the holidays approaching, here are a few suggestions from your friends at Waters on what you should be renting:

  1. TABLES &


We know how it goes. The whole family is coming over for Thanksgiving and you’re thinking to yourself, “How in the world am I supposed to fit all these *cough (crazy) cough* people in my house?!” You’ll put a few of the adults at the dining table, a few on the couch in the living room and of course the kids at the designated “kids table”. But what about the rest of that big family of yours? Are they supposed to take shifts? Wait to eat until a free chair is available? You could easily go out and spend a couple hundred dollars on fold out tables and chairs, but then where would you store them until the next year? (Since honestly, how often are you really going to pull those out?)

Here is an easy solution for you – just RENT them. You’ll spend half the cost of what it would be to buy and you won’t have to worry about storing them year after year. And the best part – if you rent through Waters Rental, we can even deliver and pick them up for you! It doesn’t get any easier. Make grandma proud and make sure the whole family has a seat to feast this Thanksgiving.

View our selection of table rentals here.


Whether you’re organizing a holiday work party for the office, or just planning your own family’s holiday feast, chafing dish sets are a MUST. Seriously, they are a hosts’ dream come true, especially if your event/get-together isn’t professionally catered.

Chafing dish sets keep your food warm and allow your guests to serve themselves buffet style. Having a Thanksgiving dinner? Display your food in an attractive way and don’t worry about having to keep reheating things in the oven or on the stove top. If you don’t entertain frequently, renting these dishes is the best option. Plus, empty out what’s leftover after your event and Waters Rental will do the rest! That’s right – you can put the soap and sponge aside. Waters Rental will have your dish sets professionally cleaned after use.

View our selection of chafing dish set rentals here.


Patio heaters are the perfect holiday event addition to help make space of your outdoor areas long after the 80-90 degree weather has passed. Don’t keep your family and friends cooped up under your roof. Open those doors and let them venture outside to enjoy some fresh air. You will all be toasty warm from the heat radiating off these patio heaters.

If the weather is nice enough and you have an overflow of family and friends over to taste that should-be-award-winning holiday meal, set up tables outside and place a couple patio heaters nearby to let everyone enjoy their meal comfortably.

View our 40-44,000 BTU Patio Heater rentals here.

Visit or click the Rentals tab at the top of this page to view our full rental catalog. Visit/call your local store for more details.