New program prepares elementary school students for higher education

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FARMVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt County Schools is looking to start the school year off strong with a new program preparing kids for higher education.

In just a couple weeks, a new program called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) will make Sugg-Bundy Elementary School in Farmville the first school in Pitt County to help close the achievement gap starting at the elementary level.

AVID is traditionally for high schoolers, yet thanks to Farmville commissioners, the school will receive $500 to get it started for all fourth graders this fall. They’ll explore careers and colleges, even taking field trips to Pitt Community College, ECU and local businesses. The goal is to gain real world experience right in the classroom.

“We believe that learning should be fun and engaging and it should be preparing our students for the future. It’s not just about college readiness, but also about career readiness,” said Sugg-Bundy Elementary School Principal Allison Setser.

4 high schools and 3 middle schools in Pitt County currently use the program. Sugg-Bundy will be the only elementary school.

“It all begins in elementary school. We’re the ones that build those reading skills, the organizational skills, the communication skills,” Principal Setser said. “So if we can do that here on our level, we’re going to see our students succeed.”

Students will focus on core lessons known as WICOR: writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to learn.

Farmville schools are now the only schools in the district where a student can participate in AVID all the way from fourth grade through high school. The program will eventually expand to all grades of elementary school.

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