Citywide Youth Day introduces new Mosaic Middle School to public
By Lisa DeNeal Post-Tribune correspondent July 12, 2012 3:44PM
Nicholas Elliot (left), of Gary, pays for food prepared by Jessica Klidaras and Luis Quezada of Great Lakes Cafe during the Citywide Youth Day at Mosaic Middle School in Gary on Saturday, June 23, 2012. | Jay Addison~For Sun-Times Media
For more information about Mosaic Middle School, 665 S. Lake St., call 427-0960 or visit www.mosaicschools.org.
A Citywide Youth Day was held at a new private middle school, Mosaic Middle School, at its location at 665 S. Lake St., the former Miller Elementary School.
Children enjoyed face painting, live entertainment, popcorn, Gary South Shore RailCats mascot Rusty and inflatable bouncing pens from Brown’s Inflatables in Gary.
Nicholas Elliott and his children visited the outdoor event.
“We live up the street and I’ve seen the sign announcing Citywide Youth Day. It’s pretty nice,” he said.
The director of Mosaic Middle School, Andrea Coffer, said they received a proclamation from the City of Gary stating June 23 as Citywide Youth Day.
“We are going to make this an annual event and are hoping to have more involvement with the community as it grows,” Coffer said.
This was also a way of introducing the new middle school before classes begin Aug. 22.
A Gary native, Coffer said after being away for 20 years, she returned to contribute to creating the school and curriculum, which is state accredited.
“Mosaic Middle School is an expeditionary learning school that not only teaches the basics, we are also very hands on with projects and critical problem-solving skills,” she continued.
Coffer said so far 75 children have been enrolled for sixth, seventh and eighth grades, with a possible cap at 200. Annual tuition is $4,950, not including the $75 application fee.
Coffer said that the Indiana voucher scholarship program will have $4,500 in vouchers available to families unable to pay the tuition themselves.