DeShawn Graves goes over work

December 30, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Sophomore DeShawn Graves goes over work in the AVID at Battle High School on Nov. 21, 2013. "These are kids with great desire to succeed and go to college but they need more support," said AVID teacher Rachel Bennett. The class, which consists of 21 sophomores chosen from more than 80 applicants, is graded and credited just like any other course. According to Bennett, they teach academic strategies but also focus on providing social and emotional help for the students enrolled.

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