The ninth annual Elementary and Middle School Fair is just around the corner.
Sponsored by the Clintonville Education Committee in conjunction with the North Broadway Children's Center, the gathering will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E. North Broadway.
What was launched nearly a decade ago as a means of providing parents of young children with more information about the public elementary schools in the neighborhood has grown over the years to include presentations representing nearly all the educational opportunities Clintonville has to offer, committee Chairwoman Susan Gaunce said last week.
"This started because we were tired of watching our friends move to the suburbs," Gaunce said. "As soon as their kids reached school age, they moved away. They had no idea about what types of schools we had to offer."
Mike McLaughlin was a member of the Clintonville Area Commission and chairman of the education committee when the first fair was held.
Parents considering educational decisions on behalf of their young children go to the fair with opinions, McLaughlin said, but leave armed with facts.
"I think the main benefit is that it comes before you start digging into the options," he said. "The smoke clears and they see the light at the end of the tunnel."
The fair will feature representatives from 19 schools traditionally attended by Clintonville-area students: Calumet Christian School, Clinton Elementary School, Clintonville Academy, Colerain Elementary School, Columbus North International School, Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, Dominion Middle School, Ecole Kenwood, Fifth Avenue International K-6, Graham Primary School, Graham Expeditionary Middle School, Immaculate Conception School, Indian Springs Elementary School, Indianola Informal K-8, Metro Early School, Our Lady of Peace School, Salem Elementary School, St. Joseph Montessori School and the Wellington School.
Representatives from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts also will attend.
Families will have the opportunity to visit school booths to talk to representatives from each school, Gaunce wrote in an announcement for this year's fair, and each school also will give a brief presentation.
The updated 2014 Clintonville School Guide will be available as well.
"That is just a dynamite resource for anyone trying to understand the lay of the land in terms of education options in Clintonville," McLaughlin said of the guide.
Gaunce said interest in the Clintonville Elementary and Middle School Fair has grown steadily over the years.
"We have no way to measure it, but we would like to think we've had an impact" in keeping parents of school-age children in Clintonville, Gaunce said.
The gathering will be canceled in the event of a Level 3 snow emergency.
For more information, call Elizabeth Smith at 614-725-3534.