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Gateway Achievement Center in Marshall County Completes Projects

In Moundsville, teen alternative school students are learning life skills through various community service projects.

According to Principal Amy Trowbridge, Gateway Achievement Center has started a relationship between academics and volunteerism at the school.

According to Trowbridge, the school’s motto is “Gateway:  From School to Service,” which has included cleaning and preparing meals at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling earlier this month and handing out bagged lunches at the Marshall County Special Olympics Winter basketball event last week.

On Friday, students will visit the Marshall County Animal Shelter for service projects.

Later this year, students will assist with the local Ohio Valley Night to Shine through the Tim Tebow Foundation.

She said the goal of the projects is to give students well-rounded educations.

“We hope this will inspire them to not just think of themselves, but their community as a whole and what they can do for their community,” Trowbridge said. “It’s important for students to learn how to help someone in need.”

Junior Koleton Caruso, who participated at the soup kitchen service day with 12 other students, said the event increased compassion for others among Gateway students.

“It gave us the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes,” Caruso said. “We realized how many people are in need in the area.”

Instructor Chelsea Rodak said the activities expose students to a variety of experiences.

“I think seeing the variety of all the different people at the soup kitchen and other events really inspired the students,” Rodak said, “They only see what they’re exposed to. It’s an experience they wouldn’t have had without the school.”


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