The students in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) are volunteering once a month at Roosevelt Elementary School. These West students are volunteering as part of a community service project for AVID students in grades 9-12. While at Roosevelt, the West students are helping elementary students with a variety of activities at Roosevelt.
West AVID students have been placed in classes K-5, and the older students help the younger students under the teacher’s supervision. West students have walked students back and forth to class, listened to small group and individual readers, and completed any other tasks the teachers need the older students to do.
Overwhelmingly, the West students are enjoying being part of the elementary students’ education and helping them in their work. Junior Alicia Oren has been working with the kindergarten students. Oren has watched and helped the students in a variety of activities, including writing. Oren looks forward to her visits and says, “I like being able to help them and show them that high schoolers aren’t scary. I also like getting to know some of the students and seeing how different their class is from what it was like for me at that age.”
Tenth grade AVID teacher Kim Hermer said that the West students have found the experience to be rewarding. She explained, “Students say that they like helping the students and that Roosevelt students give them lots of smiles and hugs when they leave.”
The AVID students have been volunteering once a month since December, and they will continue to volunteer through the rest of the school year. The AVID students and their AVID elective teachers walk over to the school together. In addition to Hermer, Kai Sill and Crissy Makela teach the AVID elective courses.