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What: East Allen County Schools Choice Fair
When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road
Also: Event is free and open to the public; snacks and entertainment will be provided

Festival to show EACS offerings

1st-ever Choice Fair to let schools exhibit programs, initiatives

East Allen County Schools is encouraging families in the district and those outside its boundaries to attend its School Choice Fair to learn more about the offerings at EACS schools.

The fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road in New Haven.

This is the first year for the event, and its purpose is to provide families a firsthand look at what’s going on in schools.

“It’s another way to reach out to the community, to increase awareness about our schools so families can actually learn what we are doing firsthand,” district spokeswoman Tamyra Kelly said. “It’s important to us to continually communicate with our patrons, families and business community.”

The time is right for the event because deadlines to sign up for kindergarten and to submit applications and transfer requests are approaching in the coming weeks, Kelly said.

“It’s just a good time for families to see what we have to offer,” she said.

This year, 223 students took advantage of the district’s choice program by transferring to a school within the district that is different from their assigned school based on residency. East Allen also has 186 students who transferred into the district.

Each school will have its own booth manned by teachers and administrators to highlight key programs and initiatives. Families will also receive a catalog of schools to browse while at the fair.

Other vendors like the United Way and East Allen Education Foundation will also set up booths to pass out information and answer questions.

Kelly said representatives from central office departments will also be on hand to give parents an idea of what kinds of foods are served for lunch and pass out fresh fruits and vegetables, answer questions about bus routes and ride times and show families the digital learning opportunities available in the district, which this year gave iPads to all students in grades 6 through 12.

Kelly said for parents looking at their options, the Choice Fair is a great opportunity to look at all aspects of the district under one roof.

Translators for Spanish and Burmese families will also be on hand, Kelly said.

Entertainment will be provided by the district’s secondary school choirs, bands and dance troupes.

sarah.janssen@jg.net

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