Avalon School awarded for peer-orientation and mentor program

Avalon School was honored with a Character Award by Synergy & Leadership Exchange, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the development of ethical citizens, providing educational resources, and celebrating achievement and best practices in Minnesota schools, businesses and communities.

Avalon was one of nine schools and three community programs to receive awards at a ceremony at the capitol in honor of Gov. Mark Dayton’s proclamation that May 26 be Character Recognition Day in Minnesota.

Avalon received a Minnesota Promising Practices Award for “Student-Led Orientation and Peer Mentor Program,” a practice where Avalon’s 10th- through 12th-graders students organize a student orientation to welcome new students and serve as mentors to them. Avalon is also being honored with a national award from Character.org for this practice.

The Minnesota Promising Practices Award recognizes schools that have developed and implemented a practice promoting character development in their schools.

The practice must be specific, unique and encompass at least one of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. The practices are shared on the Synergy website where other schools can learn about and implement them in their own school.

Find out more at www.synergyexchange.org.

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