Thursday, December 20, 2007

An AVID Christmas Story

An AVID Christmas Story
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the school,
AVID students were working, not one was a fool,
Cornell notes in notebooks were written with care,
‘Cause soon semester exams would be there.

Teachers scurried around in the halls,
Classroom to office and making phone calls,
With field trips, speakers, and meetings and such,
They didn’t have time for Christmas too much.

The tutors arrived, each one was a whiz
In leading their own groups, just like show biz.
The site team was settled in classrooms nearby,
Each one had a smile, vacation was nigh.

A knock on the door and who should appear,
But Mary Catherine Swanson and eight reindeer.
She carried a bag all stuffed full of toys
For students of AVID, those good girls and boys.

New binders with subject dividers and paper,
Assignment sheets, learning logs, even a stapler,
Markers, highlighters, erasable pens,
Calendars, tutor sheets, more odds and ends.

“I have more for you,” she shouted with glee,
“You can be anything you want to be!
Just follow the program, work hard as you can,
You’ll be a successful woman or man.”

“For AVID, it works, we know that it’s true,
AVID’s a gift from your teacher to you.
The future is rosy; your goal is in sight.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

(Maryellen Pienta, Gloria Ollhoff, and Ron Lundy, 1996)

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