A local organization will use this weekend's holiday to urge parents to give the area's public schools a chance.

A local organization will use this weekend's holiday to urge parents to give the area's public schools a chance.

Cinco de Go Public is set from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 239 E. Torrence Road.

Clintonville Go Public, an organization of local parents that seeks to encourage others to send their children to public schools in the neighborhood, will sponsor the open house.

Although aimed specifically at parents of children who will be in kindergarten in the fall, the event is open to people with even younger preschoolers, said Laura Kraus, chairwoman of Clintonville Go Public.

The organization was formed in fall 2011 under the name Clintonville Parents for Public Schools.

Those who attend Cinco de Go Public will meet representatives from and parents of children at all the neighborhood schools, Kraus said.

Those include Clinton, Indian Springs and Colerain elementary schools, Dominion Middle School and Whetstone High School.

"I hope the parents get a sense of the community that exists in the pathway schools," Kraus said.

The goal is to get parents to consider local public schools as an option over charter, parochial and private schools, she said.

"I think it's fair to say we're raising awareness," Kraus said, although she added the task of changing public perceptions regarding Columbus City Schools in Clintonville and throughout the district is a long-term project.

A few years ago, before she had a child in Clinton Elementary School, Kraus said she had no idea what a supportive community existed for students, teachers and parents in the local schools "and that possibility of the relationships that can form that can help our schools."

"It's been fun," Kraus said of being part of Clintonville Go Public. "It's good for our neighborhood.

"You can't have a strong neighborhood without strong schools," she said.