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The Value of Volunteering

Vol. 113, Prg. 61–65
October 29–November 2, 2012


Serving others should be one of our main priorities. This week, Mike Smith challenges homeschoolers to seek volunteer opportunities in their communities and share their talents and skills with others. Whether tutoring a struggling math student or raking a neighbor’s lawn, your child will learn to place the needs of others ahead of his or her own.

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10/29  
The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Help Others
10/30  
Tutoring: An Opportunity for Your Child to Share What He Has Learned
10/31  
Learning to Value the Needs of Others
11/1  
How Homeschool Students in Idaho Served Their Community
11/2  
D.C. Group Pairs Homeschoolers with Families in the Inner City


Mike Smith:
Michael Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife, Vicki, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike grew up in Arkansas, graduated from the University of Arkansas where he played basketball, majoring in business administration. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego.

In 1972, he was admitted to the bar in California and also has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. He is licensed in Virginia, California, and Washington, D.C.

Mike and his family began homeschooling because their 5-year-old flunked kindergarten. This was quite a disappointment to Mike in light of the fact that he was preparing this child to be president of the United States by starting his education as early as possible.

His family’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program in 1981 which introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. When they started homeschooling, they began homeschooling one year at a time to meet the academic and social needs of their children. After spending lots of time around people like Mike Farris, he became convinced that he had been called to use his gifts and talents in the legal profession to assist homeschoolers who were being prosecuted because they didn’t hold a teacher’s certificate or satisfy the school district that they could competently teach their children.

Mike came to HSLDA full-time in 1987 and has served as president of the organization since the year 2001. In addition to serving as president, he also is a contact lawyer for California, Nevada and Puerto Rico. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled. The most enjoyable part of Mike’s job is when he is able to go to homeschool conferences and meet what he calls America’s greatest heroes, homeschooling moms.

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