As the City of Gilroy gears up for the first day of school today, the Gilroy superintendent, Deborah Flores, has enlisted more guidance counselors and law enforcement to prepare the students for the transition back to a classroom. She said that hundreds of students had volunteered at the festival near or at the time of the deadly shooting that took place at the end of July. She wants school to be a welcoming and safe environment, so students can come and heal with peers. Special training was held for the staff of all the 15 district schools to help traumatized students.
Also to help ease the burden of students returning to school, singer and actress Lady Gaga has made a donation of more than $11,000 from her foundation. The Born This Way Foundation grant is aimed at financing classroom projects and communities that were effected by mass shootings. Among the cities also receiving grants are El Paso and Dayton. Superintendent Flores noted that it is really cool to be singled out by the Grammy and Oscar winner in response to such a tragic time of need in the community.