FLORIDA – On Monday, May 3rd, charter school students, teachers, and advocates across the country kicked off National Charter Schools Week with a series of events that included a proclamation by the White House, open houses and pep rallies, video clips, and messages from students shared on social media.

Throughout the week, students will be sharing their success stories and the reasons they love their charter school. Here are a few of the messages students sent in to FCPCS:

Gibson Charter School (Miami-Dade County) 5th grade student Eliel says "I enjoy the different programs that my school has, like Robotics.”

"I appreciate the opportunities that my charter school provides to further myself and my education," said Summer Pace from Somerset Prep Port St. Lucie.

“Charter schools have made an incredible contribution to public education. They’ve empowered parents, raised academic performance -- especially among minority students, and have given teachers a platform to be creative and innovative,” says Robert Haag, President, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS). “Charter school also empower and inspire a children. That’s a real indication of success. The students’ stories are stronger than any data or research out there. Their stories are powerful reminders of who benefits from quality choice, and why it’s important to continue to protect and nurture education choice.”

There are now more than 260,000 students attending public charter schools in Florida, and nearly 3 million across the country. The continued growth in enrollment shows that parents want high-quality educational options for their children – and charter schools are meeting that demand.

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Somerset Academy Pembroke Pines student talks about his school

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Gibson Charter School 5th grade student Eliel says "I enjoy the different programs that my school has, like Robotics.” Gibson Charter is located in a high-need area of Miami -Dade County.