Bethel Baptist Christian Academy Celebrates National School Choice Week

Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 was National School Choice Week. Bethel Baptist Christian Academy was invited to join the celebration of school choice.

“National School Choice Week provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children,” according to the NSCW website.

Independently planned by a diverse and growing coalition of individuals, schools, and organizations, NSCW features thousands of unique events and activities across the country. The week allows participants to advance their own messages of educational opportunity, while uniting with like-minded groups and individuals across the country.

Participants in National School Choice believe that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children. Supporters plan events that highlight a variety of school choice options – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling.

NSCW is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort.

Bethel Baptist Christian Academy at 200 Hunt Road, Jamestown held a rally on Jan. 31, to celebrate NSCW. The rally was open to the public ,and several homeschool students and parents attended. Three current students gave their testimony on the impact BBCA has made on them since attending and how happy they are that they are able to choose such a great school to attend. An alumnus spoke, and a former parent/staff member gave their testimonies. They spoke about the positive impact BBCA has had on them and their families. The student council then had the whole school participate in several team-building activities. BBCA is a K-12 school with a traditional school setting and small class sizes. Common Core is not taught at Bethel Baptist Christian Academy, and several different denominations are represented amongst staff and students. Bethel is currently accepting applications for enrollment for the 2014-15 school year.

BBCA’s high school students participated in a poster and essay contest on why they believe in school choice. The first-place winner for the poster contest was ninth-grader Christina Nelson, and the first-place winner for the essay contest was 11th-grader Ariana Inman.