I am supporting this grant request to send AVID students from Martin Middle School to Explore UT in honor of two very special people - my daughter Caitie and my friend O.B. Garcia, a founding member of the Corpus Christi Education Foundation and the first principal of Martin Middle School.
When Caitie was in middle school, we drove her to Austin to attend an event called Explore UT. Without thinking about the time away from home or the cost of gas, meals and a hotel room for the night, we made the trip. As we walked the campus, attended the chemistry session, ate lunch in a University food court and lingered with her in the College of Pharmacy, I predicted to her Aggie Dad that she would be a Longhorn and now she is - Class of 2018!!
O.B. has dedicated his life to education and he is well known in the community for his genuine support for teachers, staff, administrators and, most importantly, students and their families. If you ever have the opportunity to spend even a few short minutes in a public place with O.B. you'll witness the many people who shake his hand or give him a hug because they respect him for his life of service in and dedication to the field of education.
Most students in the AVID [Advancement Via Individual Determination] program at Martin Middle School might never step foot on a college campus if not for the Explore UT field trip in March. Whether or not there's a Longhorn in your family, I hope you'll find it in your heart to make a donation to send these 50 Martin Middle School students on a journey to Austin. Let’s hope they find inspiration to dream big, enthusiasm to learn and confidence that college is “doable” for them.
Thanking you in advance for your generosity!
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