35 Students to Visit UC Davis
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation hosted a fundraiser on October 19th at Oswald’s. The event provided an opportunity for AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) supporters to gather with students and teachers to learn about how AVID is changing the lives of our youth. AVID is an academic program serving diverse students in five of Santa Cruz City Schools’ comprehensive middle and high schools. The majority of students are first in their family to consider going to college. Last year 100% of AVID Seniors graduated from High School and 87% were accepted to four-year colleges.
Three students participating in AVID talked about their experience in AVID and shared how the support of teachers and fellow students has helped them learn the skills to succeed. The funds raised at the event will allow middle and high school students to visit college campuses with their classmates and teachers.
The event was sponsored by the Santa Cruz Rotary. Additionally, Santa Cruz Education Foundation Board member Cynthia Hawthorne announced a $10,000 donation to the AVID program for student field trips from community member Reed Hastings. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Hastings, students will travel together by bus to visit the University of California (UC) at Davis and Sacramento State University this month. Additional field trips will be scheduled throughout the spring to help AVID students experience life on a college campus. Future trips will include Stanford, UC San Francisco, Santa Clara, and possibly UC Los Angeles and University of Southern California (USC).
A special thank you from the Ed Foundation to Oswald chef Damani Thomas.