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Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, cell: 586.817.8414, barbara@eafocus.com; Sue Briggs, Avondale School District, 248.537.6041, susan.briggs@avondale.k12.mi.us

Auburn Hills, Mich. —April 25, 2014—- Avondale School District, an achievement-oriented learning community focused on student leadership and success in academics, the arts and athletics, announces it will host a complimentary breakfast for local realtors on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. to showcase the Avondale School District, which encompasses portions of Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Troy and Rochester Hills. The breakfast will be held in the main conference room of the Avondale administrative offices, located at 2940 Waukegan Street in Auburn Hills.

During the breakfast, realtors will learn about the academic, athletic, music, art, leadership and extracurricular activities available to Avondale K-12 students. Arryn Schneider, principal of Woodland Elementary and also a parent in the district, will discuss Avondale’s approach to elementary education. Marcia Hudson, learning consultant and teacher leader for the new Avondale/Oakland University partnership school at Auburn Elementary, will give an update on the school’s success thus far. The partnership school implements best practices for student learning, student teacher education and teacher-to-teacher mentoring and has broad appeal to families interested in having their students educated under a dynamic learning and teaching delivery model.

Realtors will also have an opportunity to ask questions of Avondale administrators and principals, listen to a musical performance by the Avondale High School choir and hear students’ perspectives on life at Avondale. Avondale Superintendent George Heitsch, Ed.D. looks forward to sharing the Avondale story with residential realtors who come into contact with prospective Avondale school parents every day.

“With standardized test scores that exceed Oakland County averages, the Avondale schools are a strong selling point in this area, which has experienced a noted increase in home starts,” said Dr. Heitsch. “We have a wonderful story to tell about the success that Avondale students realize from kindergarten through twelfth grade in academics, artistic pursuits, athletics and other extracurricular activities. For example, the Avondale High School class of 2013 was collectively offered $3.8 million in college scholarship opportunities.”

While Avondale serves four different communities, Auburn Hills alone experienced rapid growth in residential housing starts, with new home permits in 2013 greater than the previous five years combined.

Advanced reservations are requested and realtors interested in attending the breakfast should call the Avondale Community Relations office at 248-537-6041 or email Sue Briggs at susan.briggs@avondale.k12.mi.us.

About Avondale School District
Avondale School District is a collaborative community of teachers, staff and families working together to assure student success. The district, encompassing portions of Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Troy and Rochester Hills, celebrates the richness of a diverse student population and strives to be a model school community that prepares students to be lifelong learners and contributing citizens to the world that awaits them upon graduation. Learn more about Avondale Schools, an AdvancED accredited district, at www.avondale.k12.mi.us.