Alexandria-based Learning First Alliance is the face behind Public Schools Week

The celebratory week honoring public school education will take place across the nation at the end of February.

sign in shape of pencil at school that says love to learn
Photo by Tim Mossholder

In Northern Virginia, there is no such thing as a lack of education. The area has hundreds of both public and private schools for all grade levels, and Virginia as a whole was recently ranked as the sixth-most-educated state in America by WalletHub.

And that’s something to be celebrated. Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of education associations based in Alexandria, is launching its third annual Public Schools Week initiative, to be held across the nation from Feb. 24 to 28.

According to LFA, public schools educate more than 50 million students in the United States. In honor of that, LFA is hosting Public Schools Week with the hashtag #PublicSchoolProud to highlight the nation’s public schools and their accomplishments, as well as bring attention to critical issues facing schools, students and educators.

Public Schools Week also gives schools and educators the opportunity to host events, like book drives and class presentations, and encourages them to reach out to lawmakers, businesses and community members to invite them to their schools. The initiative also celebrates school leaders, including teachers, principals, school counselors, school nurses, school board members, coaches, bus drivers, administrators and others.

This year, participating schools and educators are asked to sign the LFA’s Pledge for Public Schools, promising to support public schools through actions, like volunteering and mentoring.

For more information, as well as a list of national and state-level groups that have singed on as supporters of Public Schools Week, click here.

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