Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

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Students in East High School’s AVID/TOPS program came up with the idea to design a shirt that would both celebrate the strength in their school’s diversity, as well as their collective solidarity in fighting against intolerance. East is making these shirts available to everyone, and all profits will go toward creating a scholarship for an undocumented AVID student. The shirts have been a huge hit, with the post on East’s Facebook page receiving more than 600 shares.

T-shirts can be ordered online through Dec. 16. Long sleeved ($20) and short sleeved ($15) options are available online.

East High AVID Coordinator Kate Brien had this to say about the experience: “Our kids had a lot of strong thoughts and emotions immediately after the election. The overwhelming sentiment among the 70+ students I spoke with that day was that they wanted everyone to know that they love and support their peers no matter what their race, religion, culture, language, gender, and/or sexual orientation.

About AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID in Madison (grades 7-12) develops learning, study and academic behavioral skills that are essential to success in rigorous coursework. It acts as a catalyst for schools to develop a culture of college readiness for all students across the campus. In the AVID Elective class, students receive daily instruction and support to prepare them for college from a trained AVID Elective teacher. AVID impacts students schoolwide as academic strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading (WICOR) are taught in all classes by teachers who have been trained to use AVID strategies in their specific content areas.

There is evidence that participation in AVID...
  •     increases the cumulative GPAs of participants;

  •     results in fewer unexcused days absent from school.

  •     has a positive and significant impact on AP and honors course enrollment

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