About 90 sixth and eighth grade students are participating in Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, an elective class that is part of a research-based elementary through postsecondary college readiness system. At the secondary level, AVID serves students who are: often not yet realizing their full potential; the first generation to attend college; or from a lower income household.
“We hope this class will give students a vision and a plan for the future,” said AVID coordinator Leanna Holmes. “It’s all about career planning, motivation, self-determination. We want to help those middle-of-the-road children to reach their full potential.”
Other AVID instructors are Tyler Looney, Tamzen Lewis and Laurie Aderholt.
NLMS is only the third school in the state to implement this program. Holmes said they felt the program would benefit their school by increasing the students who participate in pre-Advanced Placement classes so they can progress to AP classes in high school and potentially earn college credit.
“Everything is focused on our ‘College, Career, Community’ goals,” she said.
On Friday, AVID students heard a motivational message from Terrell Buckner, pictured left, recreation specialist at E.H. Gentry in Talladega.
-- Emily Adams