LIMA — With all the talk of school choice with politicians these days, Lima City Schools officials were looking to remind everyone that public schools are still a solid choice.
The district will highlight the benefits of public schools, and Lima City Schools in particular, Monday through March 30 within the district. The district held a news conference with school officials and several parents Monday at Lima South Science and Technology Magnet School.
“‘Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride’ is a week designed to show the community all we have to offer,” said Superintendent Jill Ackerman. “Its our time to showcase our many opportunities, and to celebrate our amazing staff, students and graduates.”
Alumni luncheons, guest speakers, book fairs and spirit days are some of the many events planned throughout the week. The week will culminate with a districtwide open house from 4 to 6 p.m. March 30. Many activities and giveaways are scheduled during the open house.
Former LCS parent Bev Beery said she was so impressed with the school district that she now volunteers as a mentor with the district.
“I now volunteer because of what they provided to my two sons,” Beery said. “I now mentor four kids. When I walk in, their eyes light up and my heart lights up. I will always be a Spartan.”
Amy Cunningham said she was hesitant about sending her children to the district because of what she heard from others.
“The stereotypes were one of our concerns,” Cunningham said. “What we found is that there is not a fight down every hallway like you hear. It is the exact opposite. I will always talk loud and proud about the Lima school district.”
Parent Darrin Snyder Belousek said his son, Liam, is a curious and creative student. The Lima school district was chosen because it nurtures student strengths.
“They nurture a love for learning, and that was our key concern,” Belousek said.
Belousek’s son, Liam, is taking advantage of that nurturing as a member of Alyssa Lauck’s first-grade class at Liberty Arts Magnet School.
“We have free writing in class after what we need to do,” Liam said. “Me and my friends like Collin and Andrew write stories.”
His knack for writing has also encouraged him further as he has written several comic books at home, and is now working on turning one into a graphic novel.
“I hope that all of our community, whether your are familiar with Lima City Schools or not, will take this opportunity to learn more about us and what we have to offer.”
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