Healthy Schools

Gateway MST Middle School is proud to announce that they are a part of the Healthy Schools Healthy Community Grant, which is a grant to help fight childhood obesity. One of the initiatives is teaching the students healthy eating. We have done activities in the past like making healthy snacks in the classroom, receiving water bottles for all students, installing a water bottle filling station on all floors of the school, and given brand new exercise equipment for students and staff to enjoy. 

As part of the grant, the school is required to ensure that all students are practicing healthy eating habits. Saint Louis Public Schools proudly offers all five-food groups, to all students, during lunch each day for FREE. Along with a free lunch, the district also provides free breakfast every day.

One of the biggest concerns that the district has is that students are bringing in unhealthy snacks.

We are asking parents/guardians to help by sending only healthy smart snacks with your child. The following are some example of snacks that will be permitted into school without a lunch:


Cereal Bars

  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Trix Cereal Bar
  • Cocoa Puff Cereal Bar


  • Reduced Fat Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • Reduced Fat Cool Ranch Doritos
  • Reduced Fat Cheetos Puffs Mellow Cheese
  • Reduced Fat Cheetos Puffs Flamin’ Hot
  • Baked Cheetos Crunchy
  • Baked Cheetos Flamin’ Hot
  • Original Baked Lays
  • BBQ Baked Lays
  • Sour Cream & Onion Baked Lays

Nutrigrain Bars

  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry

Rice Krispy Treat

String Cheese

Bosco Cheese Sticks

Moving forward, students who bring chips, candy, soda or energy drinks that are not considered a smart snack, may have those items confiscated by staff.  All sunflower seeds (in shells) will be confiscated as well.