My South Carolina Education is excited to announce that they will be celebrating National School Choice Week (January 26-February 1, 2020) with a special spotlight event!
The event will feature a special movie screening of Miss Virginia and will be hosted at Aiken Community Theatre. Families, students, council members, clergy and community members are welcome to attend! Hailed as a “must-see” movie by USA Today, the film follows a struggling inner-city mother who sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow him to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future—and that of thousands like him.
Based on a true story, Miss Virginia stars Emmy-winner Uzo Aduba as a struggling single mother who is losing her teenaged son to the rough streets of Washington, D.C. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she puts him in a private school. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him. Like Miss Virginia Walden Ford, many parents in the Aiken, SC community are concerned about the quality of education their children are receiving and the education options available. While many students in the area are quite successful, there is a growing desire for parents to have a stronger voice in the education sector. This event will provide an opportunity for parents and other community members to screen the movie Miss Virginia and also engage in fruitful conversations about how they can grow as advocates for high quality education choices. In addition to screening the movie, My SC Education is partnering with the Eta Gamma Sigma Alumni Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Operation Big Book Bag is one of the national service initiatives for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. One of the objectives of Operation Big Book Bag is to provide children with the resources for completing homework assignments in order to stay on their educational journey. To that end, My SC Education and the Eta Gamma Sigma Alumni Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc is requesting that all attendees donate school supplies for Operation Big Book Bag.
For more information please visit My SC Education Presents: Miss Virginia
Our vision is simple but bold: every student in South Carolina, no matter their zip code, deserves the opportunity of a high-quality education that helps them reach their full potential. We seek to build a strong coalition of diverse community organizations, policymakers, business and religious leaders, students, parents, educators and other South Carolina citizens who are interested in working together to dramatically expand opportunity and options for students in our state.
Started in 2011, National School Choice Week (NSCW) is the world’s largest annual education-related celebration. As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, NSCW shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From January 26 through February 1, 2020, more than 50,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week.
During NSCW, schools across America celebrate the challenging, motivating, and effective education they provide to students. At the same time, parents use the week to learn more about the education options available to their children, in advance of the upcoming school year.
"Shining a spotlight on effective educational options for every child"