Marco Forster Middle School AVID

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Please Support Marco Forster Middle School AVID!

A program for hard-working students who want to go to college.

All funds will be used to support Marco Forster Middle School's AVID program.

Marco AVID is:
• A path to academic and personal success
• A part of one of the most successful educational programs in the world
• An elective for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who may continue to enroll in AVID through high school
• Support for academic classes
• Preparation for high-school success
• Preparation for college
• University field trips
• Educational field trips
• Friendship and camaraderie
• Students helping students
• Tutorials with support
• Career planning
• Academic skill building
• Test preparation
• Fun — and hard work

Marco AVID Success

Former Marco AVID students are currently enrolled at the following universities and colleges:
Agnes Scott College
Brigham Young University (Hawaii)
Brigham Young University (Provo)
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
California State University Dominguez Hills
California State University Fullerton
California State University Humboldt
California State University Long Beach
California State University Sacramento
California State University San Francisco
California State University San Marcos
Claremont McKenna College
Columbia University
Kansas State University
Loyola Marymount University
Pitzer College
St. Olaf’s College
Trinity College
University of California Davis
University of California Irvine
University of California Merced
University of California Riverside
University of California San Diego
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Hawaii
University of New Mexico
University of Northern Arizona
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of St. Thomas

Dr. Rolando Ruiz (Former Marco AVID Student)

Former Marco Forster teachers Elizabeth Baron-Fields and Bea Dillehunt brought the AVID program to Marco Forster Middle School in 1995. After some intense recruiting, they were able to assemble some 40 students to form Marco AVID’s first class. Within three years Marco Forster became an AVID National Demonstration School. Many of those first Marco AVID students have gone on to great success. Many have graduated college. Some are successful businessmen and women, others excel in other fields, and still others are now pursuing advanced degrees at colleges like USC and Georgetown. Over the past twenty years, hundreds of students have found success through Marco’s AVID program. In 2004, Alex Gottdank and Kevin Gerow were asked to take over the Marco AVID program. Enrollment and academic success increased in the years since, as Marco AVID enrollment soared past 100 students. In 2008, Karen Salazar became the first Marco AVID student to earn the Marco Forster Student of the Year Award. Four more Marco AVID student have earned the same distinction since then. In June of 2008, MarcoAVID.com was born, and in the fall of 2009, we expanded our AVID program to include sixth grade students. Ken Soto and Nick Corbin have joined Kevin Gerow as AVID teachers as enrollment in Marco Forster's AVID program has now surpassed 400 students. While we work to improve and expand our Marco AVID program, with your support we look forward to helping more Marco students find academic and personal success.


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Why do MarcoAVID take field trips?
• Exposure to a variety of universities.
•Tour university campuses.
• Talk to university students.
• Reward students for working hard and making the right decisions.
• Show students that hard work is rewarded.
• Teach students real-world science and history of the places.
• Give students experiences that many families are unable the provide.
• Expose students to things and places that they might otherwise not experience.
• Expand students’ vocabulary.
• Show students that the world is more than their neighborhood.
• Show students the amazing things that are out there for people who want more out of life.

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