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February 24, 2014

GISD administrator discusses student success initiative

Gainesville — The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance was presented to the Gainesville Kiwanis Club Tuesday.

Assistant Middle School principal Marvin White was on hand during the meeting to discuss the most recent success of the  AVID program and how he loves working with students and providing guidance similar to what he received when he was a teenager.

“My teacher changed my life,” White said. “I could have taken a different path but she helped me and changed my trajectory.”

“I asked her how could I ever repay her and she told me to pay it forward so I am trying to do that,” he continued.

White originally was the AVID coordinator at Gainesville High School but has since moved to the Middle School to continue the successful program.

He has a four year tenure with the Gainesville Independent School District (GISD).

According to the GISD website, “The AVID learning program uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.”

The philosophy of the program is to hold students accountable to the highest standards so that they will rise to the challenge with academic and social support.

The students respond at a higher level when more is expected from them.

“My personal goal for AVID is to raise school grades, increase literacy, and positively impact college awareness and university enrollment for the GISD.”

White appealed to the Kiwanis to inspire these kids to be community leaders.

“Kids are proud when they give back to their community so anyway they can assist on projects would be great.”

In other Kiwanis business, the annual Kiwanis Radio Auction is set for March 2.

 

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