Written by Dr. Donna Sullivan, Teacher, Riversprings Middle School Monday, 26 September 2011 15:28
Approximately 60 Wakulla County middle school AVID students were guests at Florida A&M University for the Department of Education’s second annual College and Career Day on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
Students from Riversprings Middle School and Wakulla Middle School attended the event to learn more about college opportunities and what they can do now to prepare for high school and the college experience. The students were accompanied by their AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teachers, Dr. Donna Sullivan (RMS) and Ms. Katherine Spivey (WMS).
Dr. Cynthia Hughes Harris, FAMU’s Provost for Academic Affairs, spoke of the importance of planning today for tomorrow. She encouraged the audience of over 500 middle school students to take advantage of opportunities and learn as much as possible!
Frank Brogan, Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, reminded the group that tomorrow’s decisions start today and encouraged the students to begin setting goals now and use them as they navigate throughout life. He added, “No matter who tells you that you can’t, you can!” Brogan closed with a reminder that “Today is your day! Work hard, study hard and you will be prepared when opportunity knocks at your door.”
Following the presentations, students visited many of the colleges, universities and agencies represented in the ballroom. Students asked questions about their campus, programs, and scholarships available. Students, who were from middle schools throughout the Big Bend area, also participated in a tour of Florida A&M.
AVID helps prepare middle and high school students for high school and college using various strategies that encourage high level performance. The program is offered at the two Wakulla middle schools and Wakulla High School. Although the program is only in its third year in Wakulla County, the Advancement Via Individual Determination program has been in existence for over 30 years.
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