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School fair gives parents options for education

Posted at 8:38 PM, Nov 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-11 21:38:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Families that live in the Kansas City area have a ton of options when it comes to education for their children.

Saturday, Show Me KC Schools held a school fair to try and make things a little easier for parents who are trying to pick a school.

With around 90 schools within the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries, choosing the right one for your child can be overwhelming.

Show Me KC Schools held their second annual school fair at the Central Public Library to bring all of those options to one place. Making it a one-stop shop for parents.

With charter schools, parochial school, public and private options some parents were there to reassess if there is a better fit for their kids.

"We're trying to go a different way, maybe a different learning method,” said Amanda Moore, who was there with her two youngest children.

Organizers say that’s exactly what the fair is for. Noting that the first event held last year proved very successful.

"We had a lot of parents say this was a really helpful fair and many have reached back out and said they found a school for their children at this fair,” said Tricia Johnson, Executive Director at Show Me KC Schools.

Moore’s children currently attend Benjamin Banneker elementary.

"Currently they don't have any activities at the school that they're at,” said Moore.

The mom says her kids want to learn other things that are not available to them at their current school.

"He likes to dance but he wants to also play football, they don't have that. And she wants to draw, paint and they don't have that,” said Moore.

After stopping at several tables, Moore found some options she thinks will put both her 1st and 3rd graders on the track that’s right for them.

“I’ve seen a couple. It’s something I think they’ll love,” said Moore.

"I think it's a really good introduction to so many different schools and then after this fair we encourage parents to keep the conversation going and go and visit the schools that you met today,” said Johnson.

Show Me KC Schools hopes the event will help get kids on the path that works for them early on, helping make them more successful students throughout their education.