For Immediate Release
May 26, 2016
After 10 years of successful fundraising, the Friends of Gateway non-profit organization (FOG) will be dissolved at the end of this school year. Founded in 2005 as a "booster" group, the Friends of Gateway objectives were to support the Gateway Program's mission of providing "Gifted and Talented Education
With ALL Youth" to students in the Barnstable Public Schools.
With support from the school administration, and all the hard work of Gateway staff past and present, the Gateway Program has evolved over time to meet and exceed today's educational needs and best methods. Thanks to the on-going teacher training the Gateway Program provides, more students now receive Gateway services than ever before. However, these services are fully funded by the school district, and as a result of the evolution of the Gateway Program, FOG's mission also changed.
Over the last few years, the FOG board has had many discussions as to its increasingly limited role in supporting the Gateway Program. The bulk of fundraising activities benefited competitive teams headed to international competitions, such as Destination Imagination and Future Problem Solvers of America, which are just a small part of Gateway's many activities. In 2014, in keeping with Gateway's goal to serve as many students as possible (and at the urging of the FOG board) the former Director of the Gateway Program, Karen Murphy, moved to establish the Barnstable Destination Imagination program as a new extracurricular activity open to all students, regardless of their participation in the Gateway Program.
Over the past year, the board of the Friends of Gateway has met to discuss the best path forward. We have determined that our original mission and the Gateway Program itself have changed so much over the last decade that we are no longer serving the purpose for which FOG was formed. As a result, the board has voted to dissolve the organization and disburse all funds held by FOG directly to the Gateway Program as a means of benefitting all Gateway students. We have full faith in the leadership of Director Kari Morse and know that the Gateway Program will continue to flourish under her guidance.
The Friends of Gateway board would also like to thank former Directors Linda Tetrault and Karen Murphy; each member of the current and former Gateway staff; and all of the former board members and parents of Gateway students for their hard work and dedication on behalf of the students in the Barnstable Public Schools.