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The following article was posted on June 12th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 14 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 14

Santa Maria High seniors leave parting gifts

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

What do you give a school that took care of you over the course of four years? Most seniors leave nothing, but a conscientious few from Santa Maria High School decided to give a gift that left a lasting impression—and got themselves a good grade in the process.

Students from the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class of 2013 chose to, among other things, plant a tree, construct a bench, install directional signs, and put up a banner in the stadium. The 17 students spent their last four years together in AVID with teacher Amy Calvert, who said she designed the project as one that would add value to the school and the student.

“I thought it only fitting that they be remembered for their accomplishments and the impact they made on our school,” Calvert said. “I also decided that this project would have much more value to the students if they took ownership of the final result and truly decided to leave something behind that they were invested in.”

She said each group of students based a project on a need they saw at the school. For example, directional signs were printed in both Spanish and English and the tree was planted in an area that needed a little more greenery and shade. The project is one that Calvert hopes becomes a tradition for AVID classes at Santa Maria High.

The AVID program is designed to help students get ready for college. Calvert said every one of her students is attending college next year, and overall they were accepted to 30 colleges and were awarded $70,000 in scholarships.