LIMA — Courtney Mayer attended Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund’s K-8 School Choice Fair with her two daughters, Teresa, 5, and Ann 5 . The Wapakoneta mother wanted to learn more about school options.
“Both of my daughters will go to Cridersville School and having this fair allows me to see what is available for schooling options,” Mayer said.
Thursday’s event at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center was part of School Choice Week, which is a national effort to promote school choice nationwide. School officials representing public, parochial and charter schools as well as home schooling answered .
It was the first year for the fair in Lima, said Ann Riddle, Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund executive director, which put on the event. NOSF offers scholarships for private and homeschooling. More than $13.8 million in funds have been awarded through the scholarship fund and over 14,600 scholarships have been presented to students in northwest Ohio.
Many parents sometimes don’t realize there are financial options to help with their children’s education, according to Riddle.
“We want parents to realize each child is different and are opening doors to let them know about different schooling options,” she said.
Jill Ackerman, Lima City Schools superintendent, stood at the table for Lima schools and said the fair allowed parents to make informed decisions when they are considering where to send their child to school.
“We are here because we believe we are a great choice. We are happy to educate all students and have very strong programs and are rich in the arts,” Ackerman said.
Cynthia Valencia De Maya, School Choice Ohio outreach director, said the nonprofit organization provides information to parents on all of the state’s schooling options.
“We educate parents on the public and private schools as well as home schooling. Our mission is to make sure we provide information to parents so they can make the best choice in finding the right school environment for students,” Valencia De Maya said.
Participating schools were St. Charles Catholic School, St. Gerard Catholic School, St. Rose Catholic School, Temple Christian School, Delphos St. John’s Catholic School, Golden Bridge Academy, Lima City Schools and The Center for Autism and Dyslexia as well as homeschool representatives.
For more information check out Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund at www.nosf.org or School Choice at www.scohio.org.
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