By Kimberly Morin
Last night, the annual celebration of National School Choice Week was held at the Radisson Hotel Ballroom in Manchester. The event was sponsored by Children’s Scholarship Fund, Granite State Home Educators, Catholic Schools of New Hampshire, School Choice for NH and NH Alliance for Public Charter Schools. As always, the event featured children from various non-traditional public schools from across the Granite State.
Granite State Arts Academy students performed modern dance and a fantastic version of ‘La Vie Boheme’ from the musical ‘Rent,’ although the version was rated G for the little ones in the audience. The North End Montessori School had children singing songs about peace and thanks. There was a martial arts presentation as well as a jovial homeschooling rendition of “These are a few of my Favorite Things.”
Governor Chris Sununu once again appeared to show his support for school choice. It was one of the issues of his platform that he ran on during the election. Sununu has kept his promise of supporting education for Granite State children across the spectrum. Sununu also gave the Director of New Hampshire’s Children’s Scholarship Fund, Kate Baker, an official Proclamation claiming the week of January 21 – 27, 2018 to be the “National School Choice Week” in New Hampshire.
The ballroom was filled will children of all ages from across New Hampshire. There was a costume corner for kids as well as an incredibly creative balloon man. One thing that always stands out at these events are very, very happy children and parents.
More and more parents across the state are turning to school choice as an alternative to traditional education methods. Every child is different and while some children thrive in traditional public schools, others may not.
Having a governor who supports all children getting the best education, wherever that may be, has been a beacon of light for many Granite State parents and they are spending this week celebrating.