A’S Team, AVID Pro­mote Learn­ing

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIR­GINIA STILL

The Oak­land Ath­let­ics and the AVID (Ad­vance­ment Via In­di­vid­ual De­ter­mi­na­tion) or­ga­ni­za­tion col­lab­o­rated and in­vited high school stu­dents to the Coli­seum for a day of col­lege, ca­reer, and sports. The A’s took on the Hous­ton Astros on Wed­nes­day, May 9 and River­bank High School stu­dents were there to watch the ex­cite­ment un­fold.

The Oak­land A’s Sports Ca­reer Ed­u­ca­tion Day and Col­lege Fair was filled with fes­tiv­i­ties from the mo­ment the stu­dents ar­rived at the Coli­seum with a pregame pro­gram called “How to work in sports,” pre­sented by staff and lo­cal Sports Man­age­ment Univer­sity per­son­nel.

There were 47 stu­dents that par­tic­i­pated in the field trip last week. They at­tended the Ca­reer Ed­u­ca­tion panel and the ca­reer fair prior to the game, with the fair hosted in the East­side Club House.

“Two of our stu­dents were cho­sen to ask the pan­elists ques­tions,” said Nancy Gar­cia, River­bank Uni­fied In­struc­tional Coach/AVID District Direc­tor. “As a re­sult they went to the field to ask their ques­tions. While ask­ing their ques­tion their in­ter­view was flashed on the big screen.”

She added that some of the stu­dents were al­lowed to play catch with a few Astros play­ers that day and for a few oth­ers it was their very first time at a base­ball game. The re­fresh­ments at the con­ces­sion stands were a delight for the stu­dents, she noted, es­pe­cially the Hel­met Na­chos.

“I would say that the best mo­ments were the smiles on the faces of the stu­dents who were able to ask ques­tions and go out to the field and also the stu­dent who was able to play catch

with one of the play­ers,” ex­pressed Gar­cia. “The best ad­vice they re­ceived that day was to look into in­tern­ships and to go to ca­reer and job fairs to learn more about ca­reers be­cause none of the pan­elists are do­ing what they first started out do­ing.”

There was no cost to the stu­dents or fam­i­lies to at­tend the event.

The A’s lost to the Astros that day with a score of 4-1 but the knowl­edge the stu­dents re­ceived along with the ex­pe­ri­ence was a win for them.

The AVID pro­gram was de­signed to help schools pre­pare stu­dents for col­lege, ca­reers and life.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Adan Calderon and Marisol Gar­cia flank the on field an­nouncer on the Oak­land Ath­let­ics field as the RHS stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a panel dis­cus­sion.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

These RHS stu­dents took a mo­ment for a photo op­por­tu­nity with an over­sized like­ness of for­mer pro­fes­sional A’s base­ball pitcher Den­nis Eck­er­s­ley dur­ing a field trip for the Oak­land A’s Sports Ca­reer Ed­u­ca­tion Day and Col­lege Fair.

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