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Updated: 06/19/2014 08:00:02AM

Rotary Club supports AVID program at LPHS

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Lake Placid High School principal Toni Stivender, students Madison Bush and Christian Dinapoli, and LPHS AVID coordinator Jackie Coyne.


Lake Placid Rotary Club president Hugh "Skip" Dent presents a check to LPHS principal Toni Stivender.


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The Rotary Club of Lake Placid recently donated $750 to the Lake Placid High School to benefit the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program and its associated field trips to colleges and universities.

The proceeds came from the Rotary Club’s annual chicken barbecue. The amount donated to the school each year is related to the number of barbecue tickets sold by the LPHS students and staff.Last year’s funds were used for school improvements in the form of park benches installed in the Commons area at the high school.

The AVID college readiness system is designed to give students options when they graduate from high school, said LPHS principal Toni Stivender, and targets students in the academic middle who have college potential and equips them with the skills necessary to be successful in more rigorous coursework.

AVID students have the opportunity to tour college campuses and hear from community leaders about different career path opportunities, said AVID coordinator Jackie Coyne. AVID is a nonprofit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap.

Today, AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools in 45 states and 16 countries. AVID impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12, as well as students in 28 post-secondary institutions.

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The Rotary Club of Lake Placid meets Wednesday mornings at 6:44 at Platters restaurant on U.S. 27 near the base of the tower.