Harrisburg– Parents students, teachers, and communities planned more than 1,800 events and activities to celebrate and support school choice.
The Week featured 1,803 events and activities across the Keystone 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 student showcase at the Renaissance Academy Charter School in Philadelphia. In addition, a student showcase and rally was held in Pittsburgh at Lincoln Park Performing Arts School. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Midland and Manheim.
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 Abbottstown Borough, Aliquippa, Blooming Grove, Catawissa, Central City, Connellsville, Gettysburg, Harmony Township, Hollidaysburg, Lower Heidelberg Township, Lower Milford, Montrose, Bethel Park, Oil City, Paxtang, Plum Boro, Quincy Township, Steelton, Swatara, Union, Union Township, Washington Township 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.
“I really believe that schools need to find some opportunities to celebrate. And School Choice Week is exactly that. We use it as two-fold. We use it as the time that we talk about our own history. It also gives us the opportunity to dance together, to sing together, and that is helpful,” said Ann Clark, community outreach specialist at Lincoln Charter School, a public charter school serving students in York, Pennsylvania.
“National School Choice Week is a time for Pennsylvania families to explore the unique education options available for their children and to start the school search process,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella.
To download a guide to school choice or learn more about school choice in the Keystone State, visit schoolchoiceweek.com/states/pennsylvania.
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