PA Cyber opens regional office in northeastern Pennsylvania
Dec 14, 2018
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Dec. 14, 2018) – In an effort to better serve families in northeastern Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School on Wednesday cut the ribbon on a new regional office in downtown Wilkes-Barre where area students can now congregate for academic and artistic enrichment opportunities.
"We would like to have a have a facility not farther than an hour drive where parents can bring their children to meet the classmates they've already met online and participate in social and cultural and educational activities," PA Cyber CEO, Brian Hayden, said.
He said regional offices also serve as venues for social events, student-parent meetings, and school enrollment and orientation.
The ceremonial ribbon cutting came in the midst of a grand opening celebration, during which new regional office representative Lauren Dennis gave tours of the newly designed, sizable space to families and students and local officials representing the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce as well as local colleges and universities.
"It's important for us to build strong relationships with local colleges like Misericordia, Kings, Penn State and Wilkes, especially when we are engaging our older students in career planning and higher education opportunities close to home," Hayden said, addressing the crowd of about 80 people.
The festive occasion gave families and students an opportunity to meet school administrators, principals, teachers and staff, many of whom travelled from the school's headquarters in western Pennsylvania. They also enjoyed arts and crafts activities, virtual reality games and refreshments purchased at local businesses. School mascot, Archie, posed for selfies and group photos.
"We feel right at home here in Wilkes-Barre, where everyone has been so welcoming," Hayden said. "The location is ideal, we have transformed the space into a vibrant facility for our families in this region, and we will be good for the local economy."
The new regional office will serve as an activities hub for nearly 800 students who live in Luzerne County or one of the 12 surrounding counties. PA Cyber serves 240 students who reside in Luzerne County and 51 who reside in Lackawanna County.
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About PA Cyber
Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.