By Cherie Nielsen
How did your Monday start? I was lucky enough to not only travel to the Big Apple for the first time, but also take part in the prestigious opening bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. PSO President Beth Purcell and I braved Juno the (not-so-much) blizzard to walk on the trading floor.
After visiting with fellow school choice advocates over breakfast, we received an impressive history of the Exchange, heard from President Tom Farley, and were given commemorative tokens to remember our visit. The fun continued as we watched traders ready for the day and even tried to sneak on the set of Squawk on the Street.
Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for: the ringing of the bell! Several Newark Prep students, faculty, and staff; Andrew Campanella of National School Choice Week; representatives of online and blended school provider K12; and a few select others gathered around the bell to start the day’s trading. And then we cheered!
This unforgettable experience is only overshadowed by the all important week that follows: National School Choice Week. As my family and I celebrate our freedom to choose, we hope that more students across the country will have the same ability in 2015. Elected officials and community leaders should trust parents to make this decision for their children.
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