AVID Spirit Night planned for October 22

AVID Spirit Night planned for October 22

Meron Mesfin, Writer

AVID is hosting a spirit night On October 22, at the West vs Flower Mound football game. 

AVID is an elective program that seeks to prepare students for rigorous courses through college readiness assignments, inquiry, and collaboration, among other activities. The program’s acronym stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

Khalil Wilkinson, a junior, has been in AVID since seventh grade. “AVID has helped me with organization and keeping my GPA up throughout the school year,” said Wilkinson.

This event provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to come together, interact, and build relationships while watching the football game.  AVID members hope that the opportunity for younger students to interact with the AVID juniors and seniors will make them decide to join AVID when they come to Plano West. 

AVID coordinator Mrs. Hayley Moore planned the event. “I have been dreaming about having a community event for the feeder for several years,” Mrs. Moore said. “ I wanted to do something that was pure FUN for the students and teachers. A football game seemed like the perfect opportunity to enjoy the company of others, show the community who we are, and show West our spirit! We are very excited for this!”

The AVID spirit cluster night is the first of its kind, and was proposed as a way to bring students back together after the disrupted extracurriculars of the past two years, due to COVID-19.

According to Mrs. Moore, AVID Coordinator, “Since the pandemic, many AVID events have been either virtual or cancelled. This event gives all AVID students an opportunity for some normalcy while providing them opportunity to engage and interact with students from various schools in our feeder pattern.”

Some of the students have been in AVID for five years and know what it is like to be in the younger AVID kids’ shoes. 

“AVID helps keep my GPA up and teaches me about the importance of community while teaching us about college,” Wilkinson said.

The event was originally scheduled for October 1, but was postponed due predictions of rain in the forecast for the earlier date.