EUGENE, Ore. -- More than 800 students gathered at a Eugene high school Tuesday to learn how to prepare for college.
South Eugene High School hosted students and staff from across the Eugene 4J School District for the fifth annual AVID-ize Celebration.
Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh with the University of Oregon was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s event.
Organizers said AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, which is a program designed to prepare kids for college starting in elementary school.
"They're working hard, many of them have jobs outside of school, and they have to quietly go about their business,” said Randy Bernstein with the 4J School District. “We think it's really important to make a mark and let them know how important this program is
and how special and important they are."
The AVID program is available at all 4J high schools and middle schools, plus two elementary schools.
The district plans on adding two more elementary schools to the program next year.