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AVID students gain new experiences through field trips, speakers

December 18, 2018 – AVID students at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM participated in several field trips this month. The AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program helps students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education prepare for college. AVID teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, provides intensive support through tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships, creates a positive peer group for students, and develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination. Click here to learn more about AVID.

“These experiences expose students to organizations and people they might not otherwise come in contact with,” said AVID coordinator Andrea Kemink. “I hope they learn about different careers and different pathways to success and helping others.”

AVID sixth graders visited Open Arms and Funky Grits in South Minneapolis. Open Arms is a non-profit that provides meals to clients who are facing chronic illnesses. Students had a cereal drive and brought 40 boxes of cereal to Open Arms. They also decorated bags for food delivery. Click here to learn more about Open Arms. Funky Grits is a black-owned business where owner Jared Brewington shared his experience opening a restaurant and growing up in Minneapolis. Students ate a lunch of cheddar grits, fries, turkey greens and cornbread. They also received a tour of the kitchen.

Open Arms   Students at Open Arms

AVID seventh graders visited St. Cloud State this month. They learned about the admissions process, received information about summer camp opportunities and went on a campus tour. The day wrapped up with lunch in Garvey Commons.

Students at St. Cloud State

AVID seventh graders and juniors and student athletes heard from a special guest speaker. Laquone Robinson graduated from BCHS in 2009 and was a member of the first AVID class at BCS. He was a three-sport athlete in high school and was involved in jazz band, drumline, competitive cheer and the LEO's club. He is now the assistant Track and Field coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead and assists with football recruiting for the university.

Laquone Robinson with BC students  Laquone Robinson with AVID students