School fair showcases variety of education options for KC families

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Searching for the best school for your child can be stressful. On Saturday, a school fair made it easier for families looking in the Kansas City Missouri School District.

The city is home to nearly 90 different public, private and charter schools. "This organization really evolved out of conversations with fellow parents and young children who just had a hard time understanding all the options in the Kansas City Public School boundaries," said Tricia Johnson with Show Me KC Schools.

Hundreds of families gathered at the Kansas City Public Library not to check out books, but to get a head start on which textbook they will need for next year.

Alexandria Harkins is a single mom who just moved to Kansas City. "Number one priority is before and after care. If they don't have it I weed it out immediately because I work. And then, diversity is very important to me," said Harkins.

She said for families about to start kindergarten, this event makes it easier to compare and contrast schools. "I think there is a lot of people on board with making the school district better. And, a lot of people are committed to having great schools in Kansas City, Missouri so I know wherever she goes it's gonna be great," said Harkins.

The school fair comes one week after the annual progress report was released showing Kansas City Public Schools qualify for full accreditation.