Winton Middle School—Recently, members of the Winton Community celebrated the culmination of the remodeling of their quad area. The work has nearly been a year in the making and was supported in large part by the City of Hayward’s Mural Project. Facilitated by Principal Donald West, the city and the school district agreed to improve the aesthetics of Winton by installing several murals and mosaic works on campus. Artists Suzanne Gayle and Christine Pacheco, began conversations with the principal last June.
To thank the city for their efforts, Winton community members staged a clean-up of their surrounding neighborhoods. Covering the major streets from Mission Blvd., Jackson Avenue, Santa Clara Street and A Street, the teams set out with vests and bags to support keeping Hayward Clean. Following the clean up, attendees were treated to lunch and the final dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the quad area. Dignitaries in attendance included HUSD Superintendent Janis Duran, HUSD School Board Vice President William McGee, and Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney.
Representatives from the city, district and school spoke about their united effort to make all schools in Hayward look more representative of the many successes that we are seeing throughout the district. Principal West commented, “This is great. One of my goals when I arrived here was to change the perception of Winton in the community. We all have worked hard at achieving this. This new quad is not only reflective of the more beautiful setting that we’ve created, but also of the positive and proactive changes that we’ve made over the years.”