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Riverbank students including Moises Ayala, Alexis Gutierrez, Vanessa Mercado, Fabiola Vigil, Cassandra Romo, Andrea Ruiz, Alexa Gutierrez, Ana Nuno, Alisha Beecroft, and Alexis Mangiapane took a field trip to an Oakland As game on Wednesday, May 9. Photo Contributed

The Oakland Athletics and the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) organization collaborated and invited high school students to the Coliseum for a day of college, career, and sports. The A’s took on the Houston Astros on Wednesday, May 9 and Riverbank High School students were there to watch the excitement unfold.

The Oakland A’s Sports Career Education Day and College Fair was filled with festivities from the moment the students arrived at the Coliseum with a pregame program called “How to work in sports,” presented by staff and local Sports Management University personnel.

There were 47 students that participated in the field trip last week. They attended the Career Education panel and the career fair prior to the game, with the fair hosted in the Eastside Club House.

“Two of our students were chosen to ask the panelists questions,” said Nancy Garcia, Riverbank Unified Instructional Coach/AVID District Director. “As a result they went to the field to ask their questions. While asking their question their interview was flashed on the big screen.”

She added that some of the students were allowed to play catch with a few Astros players that day and for a few others it was their very first time at a baseball game. The refreshments at the concession stands were a delight for the students, she noted, especially the Helmet Nachos.

“I would say that the best moments were the smiles on the faces of the students who were able to ask questions and go out to the field and also the student who was able to play catch with one of the players,” expressed Garcia. “The best advice they received that day was to look into internships and to go to career and job fairs to learn more about careers because none of the panelists are doing what they first started out doing.”

There was no cost to the students or families to attend the event.

The A’s lost to the Astros that day with a score of 4-1 but the knowledge the students received along with the experience was a win for them.

The AVID program was designed to help schools prepare students for college, careers and life.