This week is National School Choice week and all across the country teachers, students and parents are planning more than 40,000 events celebrating their local school and education.

According to Director of Communications and External Relations at School Choice, Shelby Doyle, this week raises awareness about the different educational opportunities in towns and cities.

"Our goal is to inform families about their school options locally … and help parents navigate the school selection process," Doyle said.

Since 2011 this week has been held across the country and at first Doyle said there were only a few hundred schools that participated.

However, in Oklahoma alone there are nearly 500 events scheduled throughout the week this year.

"We think it speaks to how interested people are in education," Doyle said.

The communications director explained the most common event typically held is an open house, but she explained there also are pep rallies, locker decorating contests and other such events.

There are also community service events such as a pancake breakfast, Donuts with Dad, a trash pick-up day and other ways to serve the community.

There are no rules or regulations when it comes to what events a community wants to plan Doyle said.

Doyle also explained there's been an increase in individual participation as well. About 15,000 people have signed up to celebrate the week, as well.

Over the last nine years, Doyle said there's been an increase in school enrollment and an improvement in education.

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