Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 754 Events and Activities in South Carolina to Celebrate School Choice

Palmetto State Parents Discovered Education Options for Children During National School Choice Week

  • February 8, 2019
  • NSCW
  • Mary Tillotson
  • 202-480-2927 ext. 824

Columbia– Thousands of people across the state thanked their teachers and school leaders and explored educational options during School Choice Week.  

The Week featured 754 events and activities across the Palmetto 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 march and rally at the Metropolitan Convention Center and the state capitol in Columbia. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Myrtle Beach and Greenwood  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such ABC Columbia and WGOG 101.7 FM, among many others.   

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 Barnwell, Bluffton, Blythewood, Hardeeville, Irmo, and Lexington 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 South Carolina families to explore their school choice options during National School Choice Week and to celebrate the benefits of opportunity in education,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella.   

To download a guide to school choice or learn more about school choice in the Palmetto State, visit   

For information on events planned near you, please send us an email with information about your coverage area to  

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