The Atlanta Diversity Action Council (DAC) presented a check for $9,000 to Kathleen Busko, the District’s Advanced Learning Program supervisor and Mr. Vijay Koilillai, program coordinator of Campbell Middle School’s AVID Program. The $9000 donation will support Campbell’s AVID Program tutors and the AVID students’ college field trip to Washington, D.C.
In 1992, the nationwide AVID Program was established to prepare fourth through twelfth grade students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. The AVID curriculum is based on writing as a tool of learning, the inquiry method, collaborative grouping, and academic reading. AVID students are more likely to get into four-year colleges than students who are not in the AVID Program. The Ceridian donation enabled Campbell Middle School to continue its AVID student tutoring program and its college preparatory activities through the 2008 – 2009 school year.
The DAC-sponsored event included well wishes, lunch and presentations by the Diversity Action Council’s Community Outreach Team and Campbell Middle School. Campbell Middle School shared with DAC their AVID students’ impressive academic and social progress over the last two years, as well as a student directed and produced video highlighting the benefits of the AVID program. The Atlanta Diversity Action Council shared with Campbell Middle School the DAC mission and their commitment to the AVID Program and its students.
The event was truly an emotional and joyous experience for all as the $9,000 will go towards helping young people achieve their highest potential. The Atlanta Diversity Action Council and Campbell Middle School are committed to working together on fundraising activities, mentoring, career and motivational speakers, tutoring, and Ceridian job shadowing for the AVID students.