The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) announced today its
inaugural School Choice Celebration to be held during National
School Choice Week. NEO's celebration will take place at the Belknap
Mill, 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia, NH on Saturday, February 1st
beginning at 12:30 p.m. NEO staff are holding this first-ever event to
kick off their second year of K-12 scholarship operations, and to
celebrate the awarding of more than $125,000 in education tax credit
scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.
Free and open to the public, the NEO School Choice Celebration will
feature interactive musical experience "Wayne from Maine" and
balloon-meister White Marriot. The celebration will also highlight the
need to expand acces to educational options for all children.
Organizers expect close to 250 people to attend the event: children,
parents, community leaders, and other education choice stakeholders. NEO
staff will make a presentation on scholarships and school choice at
12:30 p.m. and will repeat this presentation following the concert.
NEO's close-knit community - as well as new families seeking information
- are strongly encouraged to attend for scholarship access updates,
including information on how to apply.
Under the NH Education Tax Credit law passed in 2012, families may be
eligible for financial need-based scholarships from NEO to pay tuition
for education options. This has created a flurry of interest from
families in need and levels the playing field, giving children whose
parents are of modest means the opportunity to attend a school they
would otherwise be unable to afford. The need-based scholarships empower
families to choose an educational setting that is the best fit for their
child. Options NEO can assist with run the gamut of public schools
outside a student's zoned district, first-time or continued attendance
at specialized private schools, as well as financial support for home
schooling materials and experiences.
"All of us at NEO are thrilled to have the opportunity to empower NH
families to overcome barriers to choosing a school or educational
setting that is the best fit for their child. We're proud to have
awarded scholarships to more than 100 children in 2013 and we look
forward to celebrating school choice with parents and the community,"
said NEO Executive Director Kate Baker.
By participating in National School Choice Week 2014, which runs January
26th to February 1st, NEO joins hundreds of
organizations, thousands of groups, and millions of Americans in raising
awareness concerning the need to empower parents with the ability to
choose the best educational environments for their children.
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