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San Luis Obispo High starts GoFundMe to help students pay for college

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Posted at 9:05 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 13:17:31-04

Update: Since this story was first posted on Tuesday, April 28, the GoFundMe has generated nearly $2,500 in donations to the senior AVID class at San Luis Obispo High School. That brings the the total to nearly $3,500, just $1,500 from the goal of $5,000.

To donate to the fundraiser, click here.
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Going to college is expensive, and as local students and their parents are out of work due to the coronavirus, saving up for school is at a standstill for some. A GoFundMe was started for the senior AVID class at San Luis Obispo High School to offset some of the those impending expenses.

"A lot of these students have, I would say, barriers in success and education in general, let alone since Covid happened," Marci Beddall, a high school teacher and AVID site coordinator, said. "Some of them, they have lost their jobs, some of their parents have lost their jobs and so that just adds an extra layer of difficulty as far as trying to get their own school work done."

AVID is a program for students who want to become first generation college students in their families. All 20 senior students in AVID were accepted to universities. Sybil Brennan, the AVID coordinator at San Luis Obispo High School decided to start a GoFundMe to help those seniors in AVID pay for the expense that come along with college.

"Through our school, we have Black and Gold boosters, and black and gold decided they would give one one thousand dollar scholarship just to an avid student, but when we were reading their scholarship applications we're realizing that these kids are absolutely incredible, we can't just give one scholarship," Brennan said. "All of them were amazing, so that's when I decided to start this GoFundMe so that kids can get something to at least help them out a little bit when it comes to going to college."

For information on how to donate, click here.