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District 308 AVID Program Receives $10K Donation

Aug 09, 2016 09:49AM ● Published by Steven Jack

From left to right: Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin, Board of Education (BOE) Member Jared Ploger, BOE Secretary Lauri Doyle, BOE President Matt Bauman, Meemic Sales Manager Dan Gallivan, Local Meemic Representative Lori Ayala, Associate Superintendent Dr. Judith Minor, Meemic Field Consultant Andrew Briick, BOE Member Dr. Mike McDowell and BOE Member Danielle Paul

At a recent Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education Meeting, the Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education presented a $10,000 check to the district to support expansion of its AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.
Meemic’s $10,000 sponsorship of AVID will help fund expansion of the program for the 2016-17 school year, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin. District 308 will add four additional AVID sites this coming year. In total there will be seven sites in District 308’s elementary schools, four in its junior high schools, and one in each of its two high schools.
“We are very grateful for the generous donation from the Meemic Foundation. Ensuring that all of our students are college and career ready by the time they graduate is our top priority,” said Sparlin.

In total last year, 127 district teachers and staff members were involved with the AVID program, 62 at the elementary level and 65 at the secondary school level. During the 2015-16 school year, a total of 2,436 students (2,200 elementary, 110 junior high, and 126 high school) were served, and the cost of continuing site licenses to run the program exceeded $39,000.
 “Meemic representatives have been very excited about how we are integrating AVID as a key professional development component across the district. They attended our AVID open house and were very impressed with our students,” said Associate Superintendent and AVID District Director Dr. Judith Minor.
In June, District 308 sent more than 100 educators via bus to Minneapolis for training at AVID’s Summer Institute. Meemic generously donated knapsacks filled with “travel goodies” for these Minneapolis-bound educators to enjoy. Meemic has also been instrumental in providing grants to support the work of individual District 308 teachers.
Since 1992, The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education has been supporting education excellence through funding programs and other partnership initiatives. Created by Meemic Insurance Company, based in Auburn Hills, Mich. and founded as a nonprofit organization, the Meemic Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public, private, parochial, and charter schools as well as to colleges and universities. 



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