National School Choice Week events calls attention to education options

In tandem with organizations throughout the country, The Reform Alliance, a nonprofit focused on improving education in Arkansas, is hosting free events and activities Jan. 25-30 to bring attention to education options available for K-12 students.

With the pandemic in mind, the organization is offering virtual events and a drive-in movie where participants can be appropriately socially distanced. The schedule is as follows:

• Netflix Watch Party of "Miss Virginia" - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. The link will be posted on The Reform Alliance's Facebook page the day of the event.

• Virtual Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Event will be streamed live on The Reform Alliance's Facebook page.

• Drive-in movie screening of "Miss Virginia," 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Event will be at the MP Outdoor Cinema at 6700 Allied Way in Little Rock.

The organization has also partnered with the Arkansas State Teachers Association to host an essay competition for students in fourth through 12th grades. A $500 prize for education-related expenses will be awarded to a student in each of the three divisions: grades 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

Both students and teachers can also compete in the #SchoolChoiceWeek Dance Challenge by posting a video performance of the official National School Choice Week dance and tagging @arreformalliance on TikTok or The Reform Alliance on Facebook. A $500 prize for education-related expenses will be awarded in each division: students in grades 7-9, students in grades 10-12 and teachers.

"Students thrive when they find the educational environment that fits their needs," said Emmy Henley, managing director for The Reform Alliance. "National School Choice Week is about helping students find the learning model that focuses on them individually."

More information is available on The Reform Alliance's website at TheReformAlliance.org or on The Reform Alliance's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/arreformalliance.

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