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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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