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Local education group to host fair showcasing 55 different schools to parents

District, private, charter & parochial options
Posted: 5:18 PM, Nov 08, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-08 18:45:50-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are close to 90 public, charter, private and parochial schools, just in Kansas City, so navigating through school options can be overwhelming for parents.  

That’s why one organization is looking to bring dozens of choices under one roof.

It’s an outlet Julia Walpert welcomes. Her 3-year-old daughter, Sydney, is in preschool.  

“What I love most about Sydney? Her independence, her humor, her empathy, her creativity.  We just want to have the best for her," Walpert said.

That’s why Walpert is starting the search for grade school now.  

“I know it’s kindergarten, but it all starts at the beginning,” she said.

Show Me KC Schools plans on helping Walpert and hundreds of other parents find the best school for their child.  

Denesha Snell is the Director of Programs.  

“I always tell parents study your children and know what’s best for children,” she said.

The organization is co-hosting a school fair in which 55 public, private, parochial and charter schools will be represented, all under one roof. 

"Why is this important? Because in Kansas City, Missouri, you have options,” Snell said.

She also said she hopes  parents learn that education is not a one size fits all mold, and the right fit may be at this school fair.  

“A lot of times we look as parents, 'Hey this is how I was educated, and I’m okay, doing alright.' But your child might not be quite the same as you,” Snell said.  

That message is resonated with Walpert.  

“I want to build her up and have her prepared because who knows what this world is coming to,” she said.

The Show Me KC Schools fair is Nov. 11, from 10a.m. to 1p.m.  It’ll be at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. in Kansas City, Missouri.