Gateway Michael Elementary Named Missouri School of the Year
Do The Right Thing Program Announces Honor at Kick-Off Breakfast
ST. LOUIS, MO. August 2, 2013 – For the first time in the 20-year history of the Do The Right Thing (DTRT) Program, a school serving students with severe deficits in the areas of cognitive, speech/language, vision and motor skills has been selected as the Missouri School of the Year. The honor goes to Gateway Michael Elementary School, a school in the Saint Louis Public School District. Gateway Michael Elementary School received the award at the DTRT Kick-Off Breakfast held this morning at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.
KMOV-TV news anchor Robin Smith served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. In announcing Gateway Michael as Missouri School of the Year, Smith noted, “Gateway Michael was chosen for their continued support of DTRT by regularly nominating students for the award. Gateway Michael set an excellent example for all school districts by their commitment to character education in their school community. Gateway Michael had several students who were also honored at the monthly DTRT ceremonies during the 2012-2013 school year.”
Dr. Rose Howard, principal of Gateway Michael Elementary School, was joined by Assistant Principal Petra Baker and several staff members at the recognition ceremony. Gateway Michael, located at #2 Gateway Drive, instills learning independence in its students by developing character and helping students make progress towards their Individualized Education Plans. The school served 72 children in grades Preschool through 8 during the 2012/2013 school year.
The Do The Right Thing Program’s mission is to recognize and encourage youth for the good things they do and for making good character choices. Sponsors of the program are: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department, Southern Illinois Chiefs’ Association, KMOV Channel 4, Commerce Bank, Cooperating School Districts, The Magic House, McDonalds, McKendree University, Memorial Hospital of Belleville, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Snow Cones, Sigma-Aldrich and Whalen Security.
For more information about DTRT, please contact Candy Green, Program Director, at 314-303-6349.