AVID students to be honored at reception

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WALLA WALLA — Students in the Walla Walla High School AVID program will be recognized for academic achievement and performance during a public reception.

The fourth annual AVID Academic Recognition and Family Night will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Wa-Hi commons. The event is open to students, families, staff and community members.

The awards portion of the evening starts at 6:30 p.m. The night will feature Walla Walla Community College President Steven VanAusdle as keynote speaker.

AVID — Advancement Via Individual Determination — is an education program that challenges students with academic potential but not excelling in school to reach college. Students who enter the program in high school take an elective course with the same core students over the four years. The classes focus on rigorous curriculum along with support learning, good note-taking skills, organization, time management, peer-tutoring and critical thinking.

AVID students are often the first in their families to attend college. The program reaches low-income and minority students and has a track record of getting students into higher education.

AVID reaches students in grades four through 12 in Walla Walla Public Schools. The program is offered through the School District and Washington State University GEAR UP.

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