Earlier this month Gateway Lab School, located west of Wilmington, celebrated its annual Arts Festival.
Gateway is a charter school with the mission of “providing an individualized arts-based learning experience in a safe and nurturing environment using innovative approaches to equip students with the tools to achieve academic excellence and personal growth.”
Gateway Lab School serves students in grades 3-8 “who might struggle to achieve academic success in a traditional classroom environment.”
This year’s theme was “Inspiration Is Everywhere.” The theme defines a school, ‘Where the Arts are the Gateway to Learning.”‘ During the evening, the community was invited to view the student work under the leadership of Art Integration Specialist, Dr. Linda Krakaur.
The evening began with a Gallery Walk through the classrooms to view a variety of student projects.
Guests later heard the GLS Chorus and the Drumming Club, directed by Aubrey Everett..
The evening honored U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and featured a surprise celebration and tribute for the School founder Pamela Tate Draper.
Co-founders, Chairman of the Board Joyce Henderson and Sherlock Hack were present and took part in recognizing Draper for her commitment to Gateway Lab School.
Draper was honored by a proclamation from Gov. John Carney, presented to her by the Principal Marlin White.
A former student of Gateway Lab School, Rowan Berti, gave a personal testimony about the t effect that Gateway Lab School had on her as an elementary and middle school student. She has been accepted to eleven colleges and universities, including the University of Delaware. She has been offered a full four-year scholarship to her chosen college.