ROSEBORO — To celebrate National School Choice Week, Mintz Christian Academy is hosting an open house to celebrate a mix of educational opportunities.
The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at the school, 2741 Mintz Road, Roseboro. It will give visitors a chance to tour the school, speak with teachers and staff and review curriculum. Principal Joy McDowell and other members of the community are looking forward to the event, so the public can see what the school has to offer.
“We would love to have families just come and explore and see what’s going on,” McDowell said. “It helps to come on campus and and to walk around.”
McDowell alluded to how Mintz Christian Academy offers a particular philosophy and classroom size. She believes having a school with a reduced student-teacher ratio allows for more one-on-one instructional time with students in certain subjects.
“We’re going to integrate scripture in all of our topics of discussion, contents or subjects, as well as discipline or social development,” McDowell said about the school in Roseboro that offers a Christian-based education.
Founded in 2010 and held in January, National School Choice Week is a public awareness effort to promote education options for children such as traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling. The week runs Jan. 24-30.
“It’s a good opportunity for families in the community to realize the choices they have in the educational system,” she said. “Obviously, they’re aware of the public school and there’s a variety of school choices based upon where they live.”
She added that the Sampson County area is beginning to provide alternatives for the public school in the form of private schools.
“We have a growing number of Christian schools in the area that people can select from that will benefit families and children for educational services,” McDowell said.
McDowell stressed that scripture is the foundation for providing education at Mintz.
“We not only want our students to come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ as their savior, but also to learn a scripture well enough to live it and to be a part of their lives,” McDowell said.
According to National School Choice Week officials, Gov. Pat McCrory proclaimed “School Choice Week” in North Carolina. In a news release, Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, said the organization is grateful for McCrory’s support for the education initiative.
“Millions of people across the country, regardless of which type of schooling they choose, are united in their view that greater choice means greater opportunities for our children to thrive,” Campanella said.
Hundreds of events will be held throughout the state and more than 16,000 schools nationwide. Some of the events include policy discussion, information sessions, open houses, school rallies and movie screenings.
“Over the last several years, North Carolina has significantly expanded educational options for children and families in both the public and private sectors,” Campanella stated in the press release. “National School Choice Week provides families in North Carolina with the opportunity to research and evaluate the K-12 school choices available for their children, in time for the 2016-2017 school year.”
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