Students at Gateway Academy are Twice-Exceptional, which means they are academically smart and are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Gateway Academy is the only school in the State of Arizona that specializes in this pure population. They are bullied, teased, and humiliated in a traditional school setting. At Gateway, they are safe, heard, and supported. Our students have good hearts, great brains, and are the kindest, nicest kids you will ever meet!
The students were promised an adaptive playground, focusing on their sensory needs, but our benefactor backed out, AFTER he had given the go ahead to purchase the equipment! We are a small non-profit school, and do not have the disposable funding to cover the cost of the playground equipment. We want to do the right thing, and live up to our promise to our students, as well as the company, who we owe $68,000.
We have created a Legacy Project, where individuals can purchase one piece of playground equipment, and Gateway students will create a plaque in the donor(s) name(s), which will appear on the equipment.
The items in need and their cost is as follows:
Cozy Dome - $3,600
Rhapsody Animato Metallophone - $3,800
Rhapsody Kettle Drum - $1,200
Roller Table - $9,600
OmniSpin Spinner - $6,700
We-Saw - $8,600
Swings - $2,400
The playground company will hold off on legal action, if we can come up with the funding before the end of October. Your donation will impact every single one of our wonderful 90 students, who love to swing, spin, twist, and turn, and your legacy will live on for years to come. Thank you in advance for helping our children!