Wheeler High School Cuts Ribbon on New AVID Program

Wheeler High School staff and members of the East Cobb Rotary Club cut the ribbon on the school’s new AVID program July 31. (From Left to Right) Dr. Peter Giles, Wheeler principal; Ben Needle, AVID Coordinator; Tammy Palmgren, East Cobb Rotary member; Jerry Johnson, East Cobb Rotary President; and Jonathan Lyons, East Cobb Rotary member.

Launching a new partnership with the East Cobb Rotary Club, Wheeler High School staff and Rotary members cut the ribbon on the school’s new AVID program, July 31.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) prepares high-potential students for a rigorous high school curriculum in an effort to make them college and career ready. Wheeler’s program launched this year for ninth and 10th graders. The students applied, and were interviewed, prior to being admitted to the program.

The AVID elective class is designed to help students increase achievement, develop skills in writing for learning, succeed in honors and AP classes, and become effective learners in groups. The mission of AVID, which has been around for more than 35 years, is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society,” according to the AVID website.

Wheeler students in the AVID program will hone their study skills, develop their organizational skills, learn to set realistic goals, and manage their time in order to enhance all aspects of their education. Wheeler AVID Coordinator, Ben Needle, along with other AVID staff, have undergone special training to help develop a students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

AVID teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, provides strong student/teacher relationships, creates positive peer groups for students, and will allow students to develop a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination.

The Wheeler AVID program marks the beginning of a partnership with the East Cobb Rotary Club, who has pledged to support the Wheeler program for the next three to five years.

In collaboration with Needle and AVID Program Manager, M. Allison Childress, the following East Cobb Rotary members helped coordinate the implementation of the AVID program at Wheeler: Sam Pierce, East Cobb Rotary Club’s past president; Jerry Johnson, East Cobb Rotary Club president; Tammy Palmgren, Rotary Long Term Strategic Plan Committee member; and Jonathan Lyons, Rotary member and AVID Site team member.