- Cumberland County Schools
In-Person Choice Fair Draws Hundreds
Today, hundreds of families from across the county and Fort Bragg stopped by E.E. Smith High School to 'check out' Choice Fair 2022.
According to event organizers, more than 500 attended the informational fair, which highlights numerous educational options within the district that fit students' needs, interests and learning styles. This is the first time the event has been held in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
"This was a truly awesome event," said Dr. Mellotta Hill, the event organizer and CCS' Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Instructional Programs. "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. During the three-hour event, many stopped to ask questions of the reps in a quest to find 'that perfect educational fit' for their child.
"I thought the Choice Fair was beneficial, informative and enlightening," said Tynekia McQueen, a parent of a rising sixth grader who is new to the district. "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, 2023. Families can apply by simply clicking here or by visiting the CCS' Choice Programs website, www.choice.ccs.k12.nc.us, where they can also get helpful information about Choice programs from engineering and fire science to the arts and foreign languages.