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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Elyria Christian School plans activities for National School Choice Week

  • Elyria Christian School will join with thousands of schools across the United States in celebrating National School Choice Week, Jan. 27-31.
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  • Elyria Christian School will join with thousands of schools across the United States in celebrating National School Choice Week, Jan. 27-31.
    National School Choice Week provides an opportunity every January to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children.
    Independently planned by a coalition of individuals, schools and organizations, National School Choice Week features thousands of events and activities across the country. The week allows participants to advance their own messages of educational opportunity, while uniting with like-minded groups and individuals across the country.
    Participants in National School Choice believe that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children. Supporters plan events that highlight a variety of school choice options — from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling.
    Elyria Christian School has a week of activities planned, in conjunction with Spirit Week, including a pep rally, an essay writing opportunity, and a guest speaker, Representative Clark Shultz.
    Parents, teachers and students at ECS have experienced the value of school choice first hand. ECS senior Emily Thiessen said attending a private school has given her a more personalized education.
    “I have been going to Elyria since kindergarten, and I have enjoyed the fact that the teachers are willing to go the ‘extra mile’ to help when you are struggling in a certain area,” Thiessen said. “Since the classes are smaller, it allows the teachers to give us the one-on-one attention we need. In addition to our education, the teachers also care about our growth as individuals and about helping us in any way possible. I think it is important to have a choice between public and private education so that parents can pick what best fits their child’s needs.”
    National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. For more information about the organization, visit schoolchoiceweek.com.

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