Realtors to Tour Northwest Philadelphia Schools, January 8th

The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt. Airy USA, and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit Mt. Airy neighborhood schools.

MT. AIRY – January 2, 2014 – On Wednesday, January 8th, the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt.

Airy USA and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit four neighborhood schools in northwest Philadelphia: Lingelbach, C.W. Henry, Houston, and J.S. Jenks.

Staff and volunteers at each school have planned a brief presentation that will highlight points of pride that make each school unique – such as the brand new tech lab where Houston students record weekly podcasts and the innovative STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at J. S. Jenks. The event is planned in collaboration with school staff and volunteers from each school’s Parent-Teacher, Home and School, or “Friends of” Associations.

School bus transportation will be provided to drive agents from school to school. Volunteers and staff will ride the bus with agents for additional Q&A’s en route.

For realtors, this first-hand knowledge will prepare attendees to better answer their clients’ questions about their local schools. “I think it’s important to get the agents inside the schools themselves. As Realtors, we’re looked to as a resource for information about the community; if you represent families with young children we should know what their options are,” says Christopher Plant of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, who helped to bring this event together.

Attendees will also receive information on resources that realtors and families can use to access additional information about school options in northwest Philadelphia.

“We know that realtors can have a major influence on someone’s first impression of a community and its schools,” says Abby Thaker, Director of Educational Partnerships at Mt. Airy USA, which has convened the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition in partnership with East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. “We’re excited about this tour as an opportunity to realtors to have more firsthand knowledge about many of the positive things taking place in our local schools.”

The format for the tour is based on the “caravan” model; each week, real estate agents travel to see new home listings as they come on the market. For this event, the schools replace the new listings. The tour will begin with coffee and breakfast donated by local favorite High Point Café, at Lingelbach Elementary School at 8:45; agents will then travel to C. W. Henry and Houston and conclude the tour at 10:45 at J. S. Jenks.

All real estate agents in northwest Philadelphia are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP to

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is the leading independent real estate brokerage in Philadelphia, operating three offices in the city with over 70 agents, all dedicated to the highest professional standards and committed to the communities they serve. Visit them at

Mt. Airy USA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, empower, and advance a vibrant and diverse community by stimulating development responsive to Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy, USA works towards its mission through four program areas: Housing Counseling, Real Estate Development, Commercial Corridor Revitalization, and the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition. For more information, call 215-844-6021 or visit