Raleigh– Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders celebrated the state’s many education options and the opportunities they provide families during School Choice Week.
The Week featured 1,334 events and activities across the Tar Heel State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations. One of the largest events in the state was a rally at The Fairview in Raleigh. In addition, a rally was held in Fayetteville at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Wilmington and Cross Creek.
Nationwide, 40,549 events and activities were organized to raise awareness during National School Choice Week (Jan. 20-26, 2019), and 10.8 million Americans are estimated to have participated. It was the largest series of education-related events and activities in U.S. history.
On the local level, elected officials and community leaders recognized the importance of educational opportunity by officially recognizing the Week. The cities of Bethel, Charlotte, Erwin, Franklinville, Greenville, Huntersville, King, Mint Hill Village, Pineville, Ramseur, Reidsville, Stoneville, Surf City, Taylorsville, West Jefferson, Wake Forest, Wesley Chapel issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their community.
Celebrated since 2011, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort. The Week is nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and it is not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.
“We encourage schools to use National School Choice Week as another opportunity to tell families about help available through NC’s three educational choice programs: the Opportunity Scholarship Program, Children with Disabilities Grant, and Education Savings Account. We also recommend that schools encourage their families to proudly identify with their schools of choice via social media during NSCW and to share their experiences and stories. And finally, we’re looking forward to hitting the road next January to share stories of school choice success from across our state!” – Brian Jodice, executive vice president at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, an organization serving families in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“North Carolina families have a growing number of different school choice options for their children, and National School Choice Week is the time to start looking into these options,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella.
To download a guide to school choice or learn more about school choice in the Tar Heel State, visit schoolchoiceweek.com/states/north-carolina.
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