This week in Manchester, CSF was proud to mark National School Choice Week at a lively celebration that brought together several hundred people who braved freezing rain and icy roads! Families, students and representatives of schools and enrichment programs of all types gathered to hear remarks from Governor Chris Sununu and education advocate and charter leader Dr. Marco Clark.
In addition to officially proclaiming School Choice Week, Governor Sununu expressed his deep support for parental choice in education, saying:
“Sometimes you just need something a little different. Sometimes the system doesn’t work exactly for you or exactly for your child, so you have to be able to have options. That’s what the ‘Live free or die’ thing is all about.
No matter what your income is, no matter what your status is, no matter where you come from, what your zip code is, where you live in the state, everyone deserves to have the same opportunity. What you do with that opportunity, that is completely up to you.”
Dr. Marco Clark shared his story of how he struggled at school after being labeled as being functionally illiterate, but went on to earn multiple degrees including a doctorate in higher education. His own experience inspired him to help others by founding the Richard Wright Public Charter School in Washington, DC
Following the speakers, the group was treated to musical, dance, and theatrical performances by students from many types of private and charter schools as well as homeschool and afterschool enrichment programs. In addition to the performances, children enjoyed posing at a dress-up photo booth and having balloon animals and flowers made to order by NH Balloonman!
Note: CSF New Hampshire is funding scholarships for 260 children in the Granite State this school year.