Hundreds of families from across Cumberland County attended the Choice Fair 2022 on Saturday to learn about the educational options available in the local school district, officials said.
The three-hour event, held at E.E. Smith High School, was the first time the fair had been held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
According to event organizers, more than 500 attended the informational fair, which highlights educational options within the district that fit students' needs, interests and learning styles.
"This was a truly awesome event," Dr. Mellotta Hill, the event organizer and CCS' assistant superintendent of K-12 Instructional Programs, said in a release. "It was great to be able to come back together again and to bring our military and local communities 'under one roof' in order to get some good information about our Choice Programs. We want our families to make informed decisions about their child's education, and I believe Choice Fair 2022 accomplished just that."
Educators and student ambassadors manned school, career academy and departmental information tables that lined the walls of the high school's atriums, cafeteria and gymnasium as families with students filed into the school well before the event started at 9 a.m., the release said.
"I thought the Choice Fair was beneficial, informative and enlightening," Tynekia McQueen, a parent of a rising sixth-grader who is new to the district, said in the release. "In our previous school district, we didn't have this opportunity. At the end of the day, Choice in academics is about excellence. When we include our children in making this decision, they are passionate about their education, and they strive for greater."
McQueen's daughter, who is interested in the fine arts, was excited about the choice she made. "I love theater and the arts," said Xzanara. "I'm definitely applying to Reid Ross Classical. That's where I want to be!"
The application period began on Nov. 28 and ends on Jan. 31. Families can apply by clicking here or by visiting the CCS' Choice Programs website, www.choice.ccs.k12.nc.us, where they can also get information about Choice programs from engineering and fire science to the arts and foreign languages.