Holiday Store raises record amount for Warming Center

Holiday Store raises record amount for Warming Center
Students pose with a donation check

For the second year in a row, students in the Winona Middle School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program donated more than $1,000 to the Winona County Warming Center. 

The proceeds came from the AVID Holiday Store, which sells donated items for $1 each. 

The total amount raised was $1,102.54, the largest amount donated by the AVID Holiday Store. Last year’s total was $1,029.85.

The holiday store provides an opportunity for middle school students to shop for unique gifts for friends and family. Staff members donate items for purchase and volunteer their time to wrap whatever the students purchase. 

The Winona Community Warming Center (WCWC) provides emergency shelter for Winona-area adults 18 and older who are experiencing homelessness. Amarissa Ruiz, the Warming Center coordinator, was on hand for the donation and became emotional when talking about what the donation will enable the Warming Center to do for the community.

AVID helps students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to be successful in college, career and life. Teachers receive training and support to facilitate learning in inquiry-based, student-centric classrooms. Students learn skills in organization, communication, study habits and self-advocacy to take control of their learning. The WICOR structure (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) has been proven to increase student engagement, rigor and understanding. 

The AVID elective is a class at the high school and middle school that targets a specific group of students in the academic middle to receive additional academic, social and emotional support.