The choir from Light of the World Academy in Pinckney will be performing at the State Capitol on Thursday as part of Charter School Advocacy Day.
The performance takes place at noon as part of a showcase of charter school talent. Also performing will be the choir from Cornerstone Charter Health High School in Detroit.
The State Capitol performance invitation is quite an honor for Light of the World Academy, a K-6 Montessori charter school that opened earlier this year as a tuition-free public charter school. The school had previously been a private school.
“Our students are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in our state’s Capitol,” said school director Kathy Moorehouse. “The music program is an integral part of the curriculum at Light of the World Academy, so this is a fantastic showcase for our choir. We have a number of parents and grandparents who are coming to the Capitol to see them, and I hear there are going to be hundreds of people in the rotunda watching them. It will be an unforgettable experience for them.”
Hundreds of charter school parents and other supporters from all parts of Michigan are coming to Lansing on Thursday for the event.
“These are people who know that their charter school makes a difference for their students, and they love the success their children are experiencing,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), which is organizing the event. “They’re coming to Lansing to tell their stories, so that lawmakers and others can hear firsthand about the great things happening in Michigan’s charter schools.”
Charter School Advocacy Day comes as officials in Lansing begin to weigh proposals to change the education system in Detroit – proposals that could impact every student in the state.
“These parents know that politicians are discussing changes that could impact their children and their choice,” Quisenberry said. “They want to be heard. We want to give a voice to parents who know their charter schools are making a difference. This day in Lansing will give them a chance to tell their stories. We’re excited they’ll have this opportunity.”