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 Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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