The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXV
No. 4
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July/August
2009

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by Cherise Ryan
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Save Money and Help Homeschoolers

Gearing up for another school year? HSLDA and the Home School Foundation are teaming up to get the word out about some helpful, smart curriculum shopping options available to homeschoolers.

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LAST YEAR, CLICKS
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Most curriculum doesn’t have to be bought brand-new off the shelf. HSLDA’s Curriculum Market enables homeschoolers all across America to sell their gently used curriculum to other homeschoolers. Especially in these hard economic times, every little bit helps, and this site auctions hundreds of items at discount prices. You must be an HSLDA member to buy from the site, but anyone can sell.

So, if you want to look for used curriculum, or if you have subjects you are finished with and want to sell, the Curriculum Market is a great resource for getting materials at a low price, making money off your old stuff, and blessing other families with the chance to stretch their curriculum dollars. You can find the Curriculum Market on our website under “Resources and Shopping.”

And yet another way to help fellow homeschoolers while preparing for your school year: purchase materials online from a business that gives to the Home School Foundation. All you have to do is go to Clicks for Homeschooling and click on the link to the store of your choice. Then shop as you normally would do. The store will track that you came from Clicks for Homeschooling and donate a percentage of what you spend to the Foundation. You don’t have to pay any extra—all you have to do is go to the HSLDA Clicks site first, and the online retailer does the rest.

Combined Federal Campaign

If you are a federal employee or a member of the military, make HSF the beneficiary of your donation. HSF’s CFC number is 10535. For more information, visit the CFC website.

The Foundation has an affiliate agreement with dozens of popular retailers including Amazon.com, Answers in Genesis, Family Christian Stores, Rosetta Stone, Barnes and Noble, National Geographic, Staples, and many, many others. Last year, Clicks for Homeschooling generated over $37,000 in donations to the Foundation’s Compassion Fund.

So shop smart while you’re preparing for this next school year—save money and help many other homeschoolers in need.

For more information about the Foundation, how it helps, or how you can get help, visit the Foundation website or call 540-338-8688.

Cherise Ryan is administrative assistant to the executive director of HSF.

From the Director

Chuck Hurst

Little things can become big things. Growth potential is one of the intriguing themes of history. Yet, not all little things with this potential grow large, even when forces are hard at work to make growth happen.

Why is this? In his fascinating book on “social epidemics,” The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell artfully identifies that you need the right people, the right message, and the right context before you can expect exponential growth.

To an extent, this phenomenon can be seen in what has happened at the Home School Foundation. Families with a passion for homeschooling (the right people) hear of the compelling needs of other homeschoolers (the right message) and give generously to meet these needs through the Foundation (the right context). As a result, the Foundation has grown from helping a handful of families in 1999 to helping almost a thousand families in 2008.

Of course, there is another, often unseen, force at work—the hand of God. Sometimes through the miraculous, sometimes through everyday, natural transactions, God makes the little big.

Thank you to so many of you who have invested in small and large ways in the Foundation. God has used your gifts to bless many families in ways that have led to growth in a most significant arena—their faith!

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director