TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Students will show their school spirit and pride with a parade of school banners while celebrating great educational options in Tucson timed to coincide with National School Choice Week.
The event, planned for January 23 at 10:00 a.m., will feature a parade of schools and many student performances. More than 1,000 students, parents, teachers, and school leaders are expected to attend the event at the University of Arizona in the Student Unions - N & S Grand Ballrooms.
The goal of the event is to thank all those who have contributed to providing great educational options to all Arizona students. The celebration is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week (January 21-27, 2018), which will feature more than 32,000 events across the country.
"It’s a pleasure to celebrate National School Choice Week alongside so many school leaders and advocates who have contributed to Arizona’s great success in providing educational choice to Arizona families,” said Emily Anne Gullickson, executive director of A for Arizona. “For years now Arizona has embraced a variety of school types and models—and their innovative leaders—and made these options accessible to a growing number of Arizona students and their families. As a result, we have a flourishing school choice environment that has given rise to some of the highest performing schools in the country and students who are making faster achievement gains than anywhere else in the U.S."
Event planners include Alicia Alvarez at Alta Vista Charter High School of Leona Group and Darcy Mentone from the Vail Unified School District, as well as dozens of district and charter schools from across Southern Arizona.
Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Through more than 32,000 independently planned events across the country, National School Choice Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices available to children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.