'Average' kids helped to excel

Isle teachers with the AVID program say students have made big gains

POSTED:  Jan 09, 2011

The Avid program prepares elementary, middle and high school students for college by teaching better study, organization and team skills. Above, Avid tutor Terrina Ching, second from right, coached Washington Middle students, from left, Isaac Lee, 13, Kai Yonashiro, 14, Johyeon Jung, 14, and Iao Seng Sio, 13, on how to solve a mathematical word problem during a class Wednesday morning.University pennants hang in the Avid classroom at Washington Middle School.

C-average students are something of a gap group in most schools.

Few programs target them. Often, they just slide by.

But more and more Hawaii public schools are looking to change that by adopting a pricey national program aimed at helping middle-of-the-road students do better, dream about college and grasp the tools to get there.

Contributed by Star Advertiser columnist  Mary Vorsino  and photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

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