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January / February 2004

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Impact of the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund

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The difference made by "little things"

"Your gift makes me feel special," says Mrs. Debra Mucci, pictured here with her children Kelsey and Anthony.
By sending a card, flashing a bright smile, speaking a special word, or giving gifts, we show those we love how much we care. Though often small, these actions convey a much larger gift—the gift of our love.

In a recent note to the Home School Foundation, Sarah and Josiah Bierle, ages 9 and 6, explained that their small gift was for the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund. "My brother and I saved half of this money and then our parents doubled the amount for us. We hope it helps a lot."

We think it did.

In a different note—this one from a widow—Mrs. Debra Mucci expressed her gratitude for a small grant we were able to send her: "Apart from the material blessing your gift confers upon my family, you do a personal service to me as a woman. One of the consequences of having no husband is that there is no one who does 'little things' that make me feel special. Your consideration of my circumstances and noting them with your gift makes me feel special."

Another widow, Teresa Culp, said our "little" grant was a big encouragement. "My daughter has been evaluated with some learning disabilities and everything has cost so much these past two months: medical expenses, gas for visits, extra telephone calls, and then special curriculum for her. I was just crying out to the Lord, 'How do I do this?' . . . Your support was another huge confirmation that our Lord's commands come first. . . . I have a new outlook and renewed faith. . . . Bless you, bless you, bless you!"

Why is it that children are not afraid to hope that their gift "helps a lot," while most adults won't even bother sending small gifts? Perhaps children instinctively sense something that we adults too quickly forget: "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Impact of the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund

Total grants awarded in fiscal year 2003: $96,091
Number of grants: 400

A sampling of 2003 grants awarded:
    California—$11,770 to 26 families
    Missouri—$3,000 to 5 families
    North Carolina—$3,100 to 6 families
    Pennsylvania—$5,700 to 13 families
    Texas—$6,750 to 17 families

For contribution or application information, or to request a copy of a brochure describing all of our funds, contact us at 540-338-8899, visit online at, or email

Federal employees may designate Home School Foundation as their CFC recipient by using code 2099.

The foundation's mission is to preserve parental freedoms, promote homeschooling, provide assistance to needy homeschooling families, and support like-minded organizations.

From the director

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul declares, "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." I believe these three are inextricably woven together in a beautiful pattern that allows God's love to become more evident. Here's how. When we meet people's practical needs, we demonstrate God's love, which gives hope and often leads to faith, further revealing God's love. Our goal is that all gifts to the Home School Foundation will weave a tapestry that clearly reveals God's great love!

Chuck Hurst, Executive Director