Patrick Ostertag, a second grader in Mrs. Corder and Mrs. Thompson’s class at Summit Academy Canton Elementary, will show just how super his school is by wearing his superhero gear for National School Choice Week.

When Summit Academy Community School – Warren students arrive at school this week wearing assorted types of hats, it will be a nod of affection to their beloved school. The “Hats Off to School Choice” themed-day is part of National School Choice Week, Jan. 24-28. Described as the “world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in K-12 education,” the designated week serves to shine a spotlight on effective education offerings for children.

Aiden Addessi, a second grader in Mrs. Corder and Mrs. Thompson’s class at Summit Academy Canton Elementary, gives a sneak preview of the superhero look he will sport for National School Choice Week. Students will dress like superheroes to express that their school is simply super.

Summit Academy Schools will host a broad array of activities geared to celebrate their school communities. For instance, Summit Academy Community School – Columbus will feature days ranging from Tie-Day and Dress to Impress to Mathletes vs. Athletes, College Gear and Twin Day. Both students and school staff will take part in the festivities.

Meanwhile, at Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron, students and teachers will salute their favorite eras as well as faraway places. For example, they will dress up in garb representing their favorite decade on Monday. On Wednesday, they will arrive ready for a beach vacation. On other days they will sport gear representing their favorite athletic teams, dress as superheroes or super villains (while enjoying comic-themed trivia announcements) and celebrate their school spirit by wearing green and gold.

Principal Ralph Grant of Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron explains why his school puts so much energy and thought into celebrating this important week in K-12 education.

“We are a school of choice and it makes sense to celebrate the opportunity parents and students have to choose Summit Academy Secondary – Akron as their school of choice,” Principal Grant says. “It helps us rally around a cause and the students enjoy the activities at the school and the opportunity to dress down.”

At Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Xenia, Principal Marissa Raux says teachers will decorate their classroom doors and students will participate in a “School Choice” poster design contest.  And, that’s just for starters. Teachers will be incorporating school choice activities into their classes throughout the week, ranging from “Choosing a Bright Future” to “We Choose Summit Spirit.”

Back at Warren, students will accessorize their school uniforms with sunglasses and hats to express that their school is “so cool” on Tuesday, Jan. 25. They will round out the week with days saluting: “Freedom to choose is great news,” “We’re crazy about our school,” and “Proud to be from Summit Academy.”  Imagine a sea of red, white and blue outfits on Wednesday, a collection of crazy-patterned socks on Thursday, and a burst of yellow scarves, crazy socks, fun hats, sunglasses and red, white and blue attire on Friday.

Fan mail is flooding in as well this week from parents and staff expressing what makes Summit Academy Community School – Warren special to them …

“Summit Academy has a loving, caring, thoughtful, kind and considerate staff. Summit Academy has a principal who will protect the children and staff; not to mention someone that’s kind and will go through hoops to ensure that no child is left behind in their abilities. She is the mother of all of us.”

“I am so blessed to be part of the staff at Summit Academy Warren Elementary. One of the main reasons I feel so blessed is because of the people here. The staff and students make it easy to want to come to work every day. The students are hard-working, unique and kind. Each day I am greeted with tons of smiles and several hugs. The staff is incredibly kind, hard-working and dedicated to their jobs … the staff works countless hours to ensure our students receive the best education …”

In the halls of Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Canton, students and staff will dress as superheroes on Monday to express why their school is super. On Tuesday, they will sport crazy hair styles, hats and socks to show that they are crazy for their school. On Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, the school community will wear animal shirts or prints to emphasize that they are wild for their school and they will come dressed in their favorite sports team apparel to convey their super fandom for their teachers. On Friday, the school may resemble a rock music festival setting as teachers and staff wear band shirts and dress like rock stars to show, of course, that their school rocks.

The action-packed week, celebrated by Summit Academy Schools, brings together the entire community in fun, uplifting activities that tighten bonds and punctuate the distinctions and attributes of Summit Academy Schools.