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Supporting Parents Teaching Special Needs Children

It is one of the Home School Foundation’s greatest privileges to help families with special needs children by giving them grants for testing, therapy, curriculum, special equipment, and other related expenses. Thanks to the generosity of families who donate, HSF can share God’s abundant provision with homeschooling parents who need a little help and encouragement in the midst of their daily labor.

Some of our most recent donors are a bit younger than usual—as young as 9! These donors are students who have participated in another source of support for the HSF Special Needs Children’s Fund: Home School Legal Defense Association’s four annual contests for homeschoolers. Not only do hundreds of young contestants have the chance to display their talents in art, poetry, essay writing, and photography, but all proceeds from their entry fees are donated directly to the special needs fund.

This year, HSLDA’s second annual poetry contest raised a total of $1,395 for HSF. (Read about the winners.) “We had a record number of entries,” says contest coordinator Whitney Archer. Out of the 249 entries that Whitney processed for the contest, one in particular caught her attention.

First-time entrant Kathryn Ivie submitted a poem about spring. Enclosed with her entry was a note from her mother, who wrote:

Kathryn is 16 and she is autistic. At age 7 she had limited speech. We did not know if she would ever be able to communicate verbally . . . but she has surprised all of us! This poem is entirely Kathryn’s.

While the judges evaluated Kathryn’s work with no knowledge of its author or background, to Kathryn’s mother, the poem was a miracle.

Kathryn Ivie is an inspiring reminder of HSF’s impact. Through homeschooling, children with special needs can receive the loving, one-on-one attention of their parents, maximizing their learning potential. Through HSF, families facing the tremendous expense associated with educating a special needs child at home are enabled to pursue their educational goals. We're proud to be a part of helping homeschoolers help others.

From the Director

At the Home School Foundation, funding our calling to assist homeschool families in need takes both creativity and faith. Often we don’t know where God's supply will come from. We spend a fair amount of time thinking and praying about how to raise the funds necessary to help families, and we've seen God answer our prayers in some unusual ways.

Chuck Hurst

Our Clicks for Homeschooling program is one such example. Several years ago, Home School Legal Defense Association’s webmaster suggested setting up affiliate relationships with online vendors to raise funds for HSF. The program seemed insignificant at the time. But as more families have begun shopping online, Clicks for Homeschooling has become an important part of HSF’s fundraising efforts.

Isn’t that just like God’s way of working-taking what we think is insignificant and making something significant out of it? Whether it’s the small fee paid to enter a poetry contest, a percentage of an online purchase, or any other idea that we think will have little impact—in God’s hands, little can become much.

We’re grateful for each gift, knowing that the smallest amounts can make a big difference in the lives of the families we serve. And the best part is seeing the hand of God at work!

—by Chuck Hurst, Executive Director

For more details on how you can help, please call HSF at 540-338-8899, visit www.homeschoolfoundation.org, or email info@homeschoolfoundation.org.