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Savannah first responders stop by Derenne Middle School for AVID

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

First responders in Savannah ate well on Oct. 15. Savannah Firefighters, Southside Firefighters, Savannah Chatham Metro Police Officers and Campus Police Officers attended an Italian lunch at Derenne Middle School.

It was all part of a program at the school called AVID, which stands for Advanced Via Individual Determination.

"It was important for us to do this luncheon because we wanted the children to interact with the police department. We wanted them to feel comfortable around the police. We wanted to show our appreciation for the fire department and the emergency medical technicians," said Bridget Gordon, Derenne Middle School AVID Coordinator.

"All our students made the pans of spaghetti themselves, including the tossed salad. We planned this great adventure for all the firefighters and everybody to feel welcome," said Shania Scarborough, Derenne Middle School 8th grader.

The AVID program helps prepare students for college and beyond.

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