Letter: whey AVID story caught this retired advisor's eye

Posted Online: Sept. 02, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Having recently retired from my position as a TRiO student support services academic adviser at Black Hawk Community College, Moline Campus, the Aug. 27th article about Rock Island-Milan School District's AVID initiative caught my attention.

To be successful in college several basic components are required for student success.

-- First, a personal desire to succeed and the drive to achieve a realistic educationally based goal.

-- Second, the students goal needs to be supported by parents, school, community and all the resources in place that promote learning.

-- Third, a shift from the national level away from standardized test based learning and more focus on critical thinking, writing and oratory skills that promotes students to become global thinkers and not tunnel visioned linear learners.

Students must also be aware of the impact their personal lives have on their ability to succeed in the classroom and the effect being a student has on their personal life. Many students today require professional guidance with respect as to bringing balance into their school life while often times working, parenting or in some cases both.

So, to all AVID participants, I wish you well. Your efforts are worth the rewards and the means do justify the end.

Jaime Delevere
Rock Island, Illinois 61201


Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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