The last day of school is always special for Gateway School students as the long days of summer await them. But this year was especially memorable: it was Prince and Princess Day. The children got to make crowns as a special arts & crafts project, be visited by a variety of local pageant winners, and be celebrated as a prince or princess for the day.
The event was hosted by the SERTOMA Club of Greater Baltimore, an organization dedicated to making life worthwhile through SERvice TO MAnkind, and the host of the Miss Greater Baltimore Pageant. SERTOMA was founded in 1912. A community service organization focused on hearing, speech and communication issues, SERTOMA has been a valuable partner to HASA. SERTOMA has been sponsoring the Prince and Princess event at Gateway School for years. The day is a way to celebrate the accomplishments of Gateway Students by making them feel like royalty. According to A.Z., Executive Director of the Miss Greater Baltimore Pageant and a past President of the organization, “It took us a few years to figure out how to incorporate the pageant and the needs of the kids, but I think we’ve really created a special tradition; the children and the volunteers just love it.”
Among the special guests were:
- C., Miss Maryland
- D., Miss Greater Baltimore
- M., Miss Western Maryland
- K., Miss Frederick
- K., Miss Mason-Dixon
After being named Miss Greater Baltimore, E.D. went on to the state competition and won the Miss America Community Service Award for her volunteerism and her message of fire prevention.
The SERTOMA Club of Greater Baltimore is committed to serving our community, especially children and adults with communication and hearing impairments. Click here to visit SERTOMA online.