State, nation celebrate School Choice Week

  • Courtesy of St. Theresa School

    St. Theresa School moms Theresa Garza and Mona Amulacion joins learners Angie, Mawae, Paulo, Penaia, Poasa, Nakana and Principal Wendy Castillo in thanking people for supporting St. Theresa School during the recent Catholic School Week observance at the Kekaha campus. National Catholic School Week, now in its 47th year, is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States and has traditionally been observed during the final week of January.

HONOLULU — In the midst of a school year like no other, Hawai‘i families and educators are safely spotlighting education options during School Choice Week 2021, which is this week.

Hawai‘i families, schools and organizations are hosting 79 virtual or at-home celebrations during the week. Among these will be a series of virtual “Hawai‘i Education Exploration” activities, including a live board-game session over Zoom and an online teacher-appreciation day.

Taking place annually since 2011, School Choice Week is America’s largest celebration of educational choice.

While typically the week is packed with large, in-person events, school-choice advocates have adapted to this year’s health and safety protocols, opting for drive-thru scavenger hunts, virtual information sessions and showcases, online contests, drive-in movie screenings and more. Across the country, more than two dozen iconic U.S. landmarks and notable buildings are being lit up in special colors to mark the week.

“When families choose from different quality educational offerings in Hawai‘i, they select the learning environment that best matches their values and heritage,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

“This week is an opportunity to show gratitude for great schools in Hawai‘i and work toward more personalized learning options for all families.”

In Hawai‘i, there are a variety of educational options available, including traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, online schools and homeschooling.

Hawai‘i families are raising awareness about these choices at their virtual celebrations, which make up some of the more than 33,000 planned nationwide to spotlight education options in grades kindergarten to 12.

To download a guide to Hawai‘i school choice, use the Schools Near Me tool to search for schools, or see celebration photos and proclamation updates at‘i.

  1. I saw a Vampire once January 27, 2021 12:41 am Reply

    Did you all make these goodies? Doing good deeds really does good to the soul. I don’t what they are actually teaching at a Catholic school, but it sure likes they are teaching them things in life already. If you give it out, you’ll get it back. Very nice thoughts to think on. Is this Kekaha School? I’m not from there. I never did live there. But I know where this is. It overlooks the ocean. There is a highway there. Keep up the good work.

  2. I saw a Vampire once January 27, 2021 12:43 am Reply

    “I don’t know….”

  3. Brian Brown January 27, 2021 8:49 am Reply

    Thank you for this information.

  4. Paradise Lost January 28, 2021 6:40 am Reply

    This is a little confusing, usually ‘school choice’ is painted as a GOP talking point – a way to take money away from public schools and give it to rich kids. Hawaii is supposed to be a democrat state, but the public school system is underfunded and one of the worst in the USA.

    It seems like we should be doing the opposite of celebrating this. When is ‘making sure all these rich people pay their taxes so every keiki can get a top-notch education’ week?

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