FSD To Celebrate 20 Years of AVID With April 27th Event

Freeport, Illinois — Freeport School District 145 is proud to announce that the district is celebrating 20 years of supporting college and career readiness through AVID.

On Friday, April 27, 2018, FSD AVID will celebrate this milestone with current students, staff, alumni, and community members at Freeport Masonic Temple from 5-9 p.m. Highlights of the evening will include a keynote address by our first district AVID coordinator and retired AVID program manager George Buss, as well as a plated dinner, presentation of stoles to our AVID seniors, and announcement of the James Hale Hayner Memorial Scholarship.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping prepare students for success in the areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR). The system helps students develop the skills and mindset necessary for success in college, professional training, and the workplace.

In Freeport, the AVID site team began with a planning and training year during the 1997-1998 school year, followed by offering elective classes in the fall of 1998. The first AVID seniors graduated with the class of 2001. Freeport was the first AVID site team in Illinois and one of the first in the Midwest. Since 1998, FSD AVID has touched the lives of thousands of Freeport students.

In the Freeport School District, there are currently over 800 students in grades 4-6 and over 200 students in grades 7-12 that are part of AVID. In grades 4-6, AVID strategies are embedded in the core curriculum and taught throughout the day. In grades 7-12, AVID is offered as an elective class.

If you are interested in attending the anniversary event on April 27th or in supporting the FSD AVID system, please contact our District AVID Coordinators Cindy Gordon or Julie Niemann at 815-232-0559 or julie.niemann@fsd145.org.

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