Edison HS students to receive send-off for trip to USC

                                      Media Advisory


What:         Edison HS science students to receive send-off for trip to USC
                       after raising $17,000


When:      Today (Nov. 7), Edison HS, 701 Santa Monica Drive
                     4:15 p.m. - Celebration begins
                     5 p.m. - Students to board a school bus with their suitcases and head to
                     the airport for flight to California



The hard work of 20 Edison HS students will pay off today when they board a plane bound for the University of Southern California after seven months of work to raise $17,000 for the trip. Those attending are students of Alexander Rios, a Chemistry & Environmental Systems teacher.

They will receive a send-off from donors and staff and learn about their itinerary – there are some surprises! – shortly before leaving to the airport for the evening flight to Los Angeles.

The USC trip will provide students with valuable exposure to academics in higher education while also allowing them to hear from college students what it takes to make it in college and how to balance academics with college leisure activities. Students will get to experience the college life. They will sit in on lab courses with current college students, take part in a lecture, take a campus tour, eat in dining halls and have an opportunity to ask questions of current students.

The students will return Saturday, Nov. 10. The trip was made possible by an SAISD Foundation grant for $3,600, sizeable contributions from donors and individual fundraising efforts by the students and their families.

Alexandra Rios, an Edison chemistry teacher and a USC alum, spearheaded the effort. She said that in talking with students, she learned that many dreamed of leaving Texas to attend college, so she wanted to give them an opportunity to visit an out-of-state college. Her strong connections at USC made the college an optimal choice for the visit.


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