Getting the chance to talk about choice in their community and state is an important component of National School Choice Week for many schools.
The North Dayton School of Discovery and Emerson Academy of Dayton are charter schools that serve around 640 students.
“Participating in School Choice Week attracts such beautiful and beneficial public and media attention to the importance and value of school choice, and the high-quality school choices available to parents and families in our targeted markets.”
The school has participated in National School Choice Week for six years. The students, faculty and staff have participated in a variety of events, including pep rallies, athletic competitions and even a chess tournament. Each event is designed to be fun for the students and to bring awareness in the community to school choice options.
“School Choice Week is such a wonderful, first-class organization, believing exactly as we do, in the parent’s right to choose the very best school to educate their children,” said James Pierce, the admission director at both schools.
Of the all six annual celebrations, Pierce says the Free Family Movie Night was his favorite. The community was invited to come enjoy a free movie at the school, complete with concessions.
“It was in our historic auditorium with popcorn, snow cones, and terrific fun for everyone involved, including our student scholars, their families, guests, and staff,” Pierce said.
For schools that want to plan their own community event, Pierce says it’s all about making it a celebration.
“Participating in School Choice Week attracts such beautiful and beneficial public and media attention to the importance and value of school choice, and the high-quality school choices available to parents and families in our targeted markets,” he said.
The school choice discussion on a national scale is a serious one – but when it comes to celebrating National School Choice Week, the simplest, most joyful events often have the greatest impact. Plan activities for your school, or the larger community, that bring people together for a shared interest, whether that’s watching a movie, running a race or attending a pep rally. Let your enthusiasm for school choice overflow and it will be contagious.
What are you planning for National School Choice Week 2018?
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