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The Lincoln Lions, all of them wearing red and gold apparel — the colors of National School Choice Week — roared with school pride Tuesday morning to celebrate their decision to attend Lincoln Charter School.

National School Choice Week, which ended up being postponed because of last month's blizzard, is the country's largest recognition of the wide variety of educational opportunities currently available to students. The mission of the event is to educate parents and their children on their options, including magnet schools, online learning, private schools, home schools and traditional public schools, as well as public charter schools like Lincoln Charter.

The event was one of 742 hosted across Pennsylvania and one of more than 16,000 celebrations nationwide.

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"You guys chose Lincoln Charter, your parents chose Lincoln Charter," Principal Leonard Hart said to the hundreds of Lincoln Charter students sitting in the gym. "We believe that this is the best place our children can learn. We have to believe this is the best place we can be."

Hart was met with applause and "roars" from the elementary-aged students, who then launched into their motto: "I believe, you believe, we believe."

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, who was a guest at the event, raised his pinky finger in the air, asking the students to make him a pinky promise.

"I pinky swear I will always make good choices," Schreiber said as the students echoed the words back to him, their pinkies also raised.

Hart also took the opportunity to recognize the administration and teachers "who make the school what it is."

Lincoln Charter Community Outreach Director Anne Clark said the school is dedicated to to developing young leaders and creating an environment in which students feel comfortable leading.

"We are developing strong young women and men," she said. "I can't wait to see what York, Pennsylvania, is going to look like in 10 years."

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.

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