Gateway School/Crossroads Middle was awarded a $1,000 community grant from “Hey Westminster, Let’s Be Awesome.” The organization provides $1,000 awards once a month to organizations that are striving to make Westminster a better place. The grant will help fund the construction of a remembrance and meditation garden on the grounds of Gateway/Crossroads that can be used by teachers, counselors, and staff to meet the mental health needs of students.
The counselors at Gateway/Crossroads often use walking, as well as the outdoors, to de-escalate students and to address their varying mental health needs. This garden will be a valuable resource as a place for students to reflect on the issues that are making their day difficult, as well as home for the many support groups run by our counselors. Moreover, teachers can take small classes to the garden to conduct a variety of activities in a welcoming environment.
In addition, the construction of the garden will be used as a service and vocational project. Students will take pride in planting the flowers, mulching, spreading stone, and completing a wonderful space to use during their time at Gateway. The garden will help honor Gateway students who have been lost.
For more information on the “Hey Westminster” grants, please visit https://heywestminster.com/.