Avondale School District’s award-winning Arts program featured in new mini-documentary

Monday, June 29, 2015


AUBURN HILLS – The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education today unveiled a mini-documentary highlighting the award-winning visual and performing arts programs at Avondale School District, which has overcome financial challenges and thrived due to strong support from the local community.

TCA developed the 5-minute documentary to highlight Avondale’s Arts program as part of TCA’s “It’s about Kids” campaign, which highlights stories of public schools doing innovative things despite budget cuts and financial challenges. The video is available here.

“Across Michigan, schools are finding innovative local solutions to help kids learn and succeed, and Tri-County Alliance is excited to highlight the terrific work that Avondale School District and the greater community are doing to help kids grow and learn through the Arts,” said Mark Burton, executive director of Tri-County Alliance for Public Education. “Avondale educators are using creative self expression to reach students in new ways.”

Several years ago, the Avondale School District passed a bond to support its Arts programs. The funding built two art rooms and created a state-of-the-arts performance arts facility.

“Research shows that learning through the Arts helps students learn across other subjects and we’ve worked with companies include General Motors to connect the Arts to a career for our students,” said Avondale School District Superintendent Dr. James Schwarz. “I’m so proud of our students, educators and greater community for their support of these critical programs which help our kids succeed and develop their full potential.”

Other schools featured in the “It’s about Kids” campaign include the basketball championship program at Downriver High School that is helping turn around the lives of youth facing challenges; a technology program that was developed by an entire community and is helping improve learning at Edison Elementary and other Fraser Public Schools; and Longacre Elementary School’s “Leader in Me” program in Farmington Public Schools which teaches students problem solving, cooperation and civic mindedness – lessons that can make them better citizens, confident leaders and employers and entrepreneurs of the future.

The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating nearly 600,000 students (approximately 40% of the statewide K-12 population).