Homeschooling right choice for families

By: Anita Peek-Brinson

Families celebrated the value of homeschooling this week in Wilson.

This week was National School Choice Week, held to raise awareness about education options for families and their school-age children.

According to the North Carolina Department of Administration Division of Non-Public Education, in the year 2016-17, the estimated enrollment for home schools in Wilson County was 800 students among 521 home schools. There were 127,847 students home-schooled in the state during the last school year.

“I think the critical reason why families should have a choice is they can make a decision on what is best for their family, for independence and for them to be able to make their own choice for their own family because they know their family best,” said Charlene Dienes, director for lower grade levels within the Wilson County Classical Conversations organization.

The Classical Conversations group assists about 40 families with about 80 students in Wilson County.

On Tuesday, many of those families gathered to sing, learn, share experiences and celebrate students’ winning science projects from a recent science fair.

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