Seventh grade ambassadors in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program praised the new initiative during a presentation to the Granbury ISD school board on April 16, 2018.
Almost 150 seventh graders are part of the new GISD initiative that provides academic and leadership support for students entering rigorous coursework that prepares them for a pathway to university studies. The initiative led by a non-profit organization helps hold students accountable to the highest standards by providing them academic and social support to help them rise to the challenge.
The ambassadors at the board meeting were Phoenix Clark, Annie Hartman, Ashley Jimenez, Garrett Jones, Bayleigh Sappington, Katherine Sullivan, and Austin Taylor together with AMS teacher Landry Mullins and GMS teacher Donna Dumas.
The students, who are among the inaugural group at Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School, spoke about the importance of the program in helping them develop organization, leadership, communication, and study skills as well confidence as they prepare to enter high school and develop plans for college. The program will expand into 8th grade for the 2018-19 school year and eventually to Granbury High School.
“GISD specifically partnered with AVID because of years of data that prove that students with these skills choose college and are highly successful in whatever they choose to do after they graduate,” according to district curriculum director Sharon Williams.
AVID students learn organization and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivation activities to make their college dream reality. Students also attend field trips to university campuses.