Written by Nancy Floyd Richardson, WHS Avid Program Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:54
Wakulla High School’s AVID Scholars Program students fundraised for two months to earn an opportunity to travel to Auburn University.
Students learned the value of being rewarded for hard work, as they held a car wash and recruited sponsors to help assist them with expenses. Chaperoned by Principal Michael Crouch, AVID elective teacher Nancy Floyd Richardson, science teacher Bob Wallace, and parent Kelli Bracci, AVID 10th and 11th graders traveled to Auburn, Alabama, for a campus tour.
Because of the distance, this was AVID’s first overnight trip, and the group stayed at Auburn University Hotel, across the street from campus. With a theme of “college readiness,” AVID students departed from the Quad Center on a walking tour. They were able to tour the campus, see classes in actions, view dorm rooms, and talk to Auburn students. Students also enjoyed a glimpse of student life as they ate lunch on campus and shopped in the campus bookstore.
Sophomore Diwata Thomas said, “The Auburn trip helped me realize the type of college atmosphere that I would like to be a part of. At Auburn, I saw that everyone was really nice and open to us being there. That is the type of college I would like to attend. I learned the importance of achieving my goal of going to college.”
Auburn volunteers welcomed students and helped them learn more about campus traditions and eligibility requirements through presentations from the Career Center and the Admissions Office. Although Jordan-Hare Stadium was closed for security purposes, students were able to tour the Auburn Arena, which highlighted War Eagle athletic accomplishments.
AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an internationally successful college-preparation program. Students take the AVID elective class to support their enrollment in rigorous honors, advanced placement, and college dual-enrollment classes. Wakulla County students have been in the program for three years.
Superintendent David Miller advocated for Wakulla County school system to be one of Florida’s first rural districts chosen for The Florida Partnership with the College Board Grant, which has allowed middle and high school teachers and administrators to better prepare all students for college success.
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