Mr. Biggs fire delays School Fair

       Colorado Springs' third annual School Fair was all set for this week at Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd. Organizers had even announced the free event, involving more than 75 schools, in an insert in the Feb. 23 Westside Pioneer. Then bad luck hit. There was a fire at Mr. Biggs - not a major one, but enough to force the School Fair to be postponed.
       Now the event is set for Saturday, April 8. Mr. Biggs is supposed to be reopened by then. One feature (not advertised in the insert for the previous School Fair date) is that attendees will get admission discounts to Mr. Biggs, according to Margo Branscomb, excecutive director of the School Fair Foundation.
       The School Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The idea of a fair, in which different schools set up booths so parents can “shop” for the best place for their children's education, first took root in Denver seven years ago.
       “Parents tend to make decisions on schools because they're convenient, free or have good test scores,” Branscomb said. “They should make those decisions based on how their children learn. And there are so many good schools of different kinds. If parents spend enough time, they can find a good match.”
       The first two years the Colorado Springs fair was at the Southern Colorado Expo Center, but she said that location is no longer available, so an arrangement was worked out with Mr. Biggs.
       For more information, call Branscomb in Denver at 303-770-4717 or Westside education volunteer Pam Staley at 577-4430.

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