Grant supports the AVID/TOPS program

Avid students receive check for grant

AT&T visited Madison East High School on March 20 to present a $56,750 grant to support the AVID/TOPS program. The grant, facilitated by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools, is the fourth installment in a $227,000 grant awarded in 2008 to support the district's efforts to improve achievement and better prepare students for college.

East Principal Mary Kelley, Superintendent Dan Nerad, AT&T President Scott VanderSanden joined AVID students and Boys and Girls Club CEO Michael Johnson to receive the grant and hear about the success of the program directly from students.

According to an annual assessment of the program, AVID students are achieving higher GPAs, enrolling in more advanced placement and scoring higher on tests.

AVID is a college readiness system that includes an elective course focused on organizational strategies, study skills, critical thinking, tutorial support and career and college awareness. Through TOPS, the Boys and Girls Club provides full-time student coordinators in each of the four high schools, summer internships, after-school mentors, tutors and a variety of college and career field trips.