The grand opening of the New Braunfels ISD Gateway Transition Campus at Rock Haus was held on Thursday, Feb. 8, marking a significant milestone in providing enhanced opportunities for students in the program. The success of this project is attributed to the unwavering support of generous donors and partners.

The Master of Ceremony for the event was Nina Pugh, the Executive Director of Special Education at NBISD.

Speakers included Bill Berry, representing the Rock Haus Foundation, as he expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts that made this project possible to help shape the future of the students.

“Without the United Way and McKenna Foundation, we aren’t standing where we are today,” he said. Berry went on to thank members of the Rock Haus foundation and NBISD. He also spoke to the Gateway students in attendance, telling them that this building is for them and so they can decide the life they want to live professionally, recreationally or leisurely.

NBISD Superintendent Dr. Laurelyn Arterbury also shared her excitement about the possibilities that the Gateway campus opens up for students.

“In the heart of our NBISD community lies a commitment that transcends educational boundaries—NBISD’s devotion to meeting the unique needs of students in the Gateway program,” she said. “The Gateway program is a testament to NBISD’s commitment, providing a tailored learning environment that recognizes the diverse strengths and challenges of every student, every day.”

Eric Bergquist, NBISD Board President, spoke about the importance this building will play in supporting students on their journey toward independence and success.

“Gateway is so important to the students it serves and it ensures that NBISD is providing sustained assistance and guidance for these students as they navigate into the world and move into their adult lives,” he said.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening, and was conducted by Gateway students themselves. Their active involvement in the event showcased the hands-on learning experiences that the program aims to provide.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, Gateway students showcased their talents by creating shirts, distributing coffee cups, and presenting a delightful assortment of snacks and cookies – all crafted with their own skills and creativity.

The grand opening ceremony was attended by numerous dignitaries, including school board members, Rock Haus Foundation members, city council representatives, and other community leaders. This showed the collective commitment to the NBISD Gateway program and its students.

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