LAKE PLACID — Instead of a boring fundraiser, the AVID program at Lake Placid High School joined forces with the local law enforcement to hold an entertaining flag football game, with a fabulous full-course meal for the fans. While the spectators feasted on tamales, beans and rice, the law enforcement and the AVID members played on an 80-yard football field for an hour and a half.
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Achievement, is a popular elective at LPHS that helps prepare students for college by teaching them the academic skills and behaviors necessary for success.
Chakiah Sampson, AVID member, said, “I really like it. I’ve been in it five years. I started in the eighth grade, and I’m a senior this year.”
This program has helped prepare her to attend Bethune Cookman for a degree in nursing.
Karen Garcia, who sold meals at the fundraising event, said, “I think AVID is a great program for students who are interested in going to college.”
AVID members participated in the fundraiser by playing flag football, selling meals or selling candy and drinks to the fans.
Although the score was tied at the end of the first quarter, the law enforcement team started scoring at the beginning of the second quarter. After their first touchdown, the law team intercepted the ball and returned it for another touchdown.
At the end of the first half, Javarie White, from the learner or AVID team, almost made a touchdown but was stopped by the defenders just short of the goal line. During the third quarter, the law team pulled ahead to end the quarter with a 26-0 lead. The law team continued to score during the fourth quarter, but Travelle Wiggins, from the learners’ team, finally made a touchdown with only seconds remaining on the clock for a final score of 40-6.
The football announcer, Jason Holden, expressed his appreciation to the law team for their participation in the fundraiser and for their service to the community. Twenty law enforcement officers, including current and former school resource officers, participated in the event to help the AVID students.
Despite the lopsided loss to the law team, the AVID team’s third annual Law vs. Learners Flag Football Fundraiser raised needed funds for the AVID program which will help members achieve their goals of college success.