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8/13/2003 11:58:39 AM
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Home School Foundation Report

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Home School Foundation Report
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July/August 2003


Note from the Director:

As Director of both the Home School Foundation and HSLDA's Membership
Department, I get to hear from quite a few members. In a recent
letter a father expressed his gratitude for HSLDA's work:

"By enabling homeschooling to take place in so many vital ways, you
have helped create a new sense of freedom and responsibility for us
and for thousands of others."

His pairing of freedom and responsibility caught my attention. If
you're like me, freedom has a bit more appeal than responsibility.
Nevertheless, I agree with him wholeheartedly. Homeschoolers are now
responding to both freedom and responsibility: freedom to choose the
educational path of their children, responsibility for their training
and nurture of them. And HSLDA has been a part of this process.

In some ways, I see this blend of freedom and responsibility as a
reflection of HSLDA and the Foundation: HSLDA works to keep
homeschooling freedoms alive, while HSF takes responsibility for
assisting fellow homeschoolers in need.

But this "new sense of freedom and responsibility" could not happen
without the thousands of families who are taking seriously both their
freedoms and their responsibilities. HSLDA members are the ones who
make the union of freedom and responsibility work, in their homes and
here at HSLDA and HSF.

Thanks for making it possible!

Chuck Hurst
Executive Director

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HSF Report Feature Story:
Scholarship helps single mom meet special needs

A 19-year veteran of homeschooling who taught her two daughters
through high school, single mother Anna Calabrese was familiar with
homeschooling's rewards and challenges, but she knew she would have
to design a unique educational program to meet 6-year-old Bobby's
needs. When Anna heard about the Home School Foundation's Special
Needs Children's Fund, she applied in hope that a scholarship might
help her purchase the materials and help she needed.

Born with Down syndrome, Bobby faces many of the developmental
challenges and health complications that accompany this condition.
Anna marvels at Bobby's mental capacities. "He's pretty smart. He's
outgoing. He's a very fun-loving child," says Anna, "and I want him
to keep learning and growing."

The Special Needs Children's Fund enabled Anna to purchase a program
and materials that help her teach Bobby basic concepts and much more.
Through CAN-DO (Christian Access to Neuro-Developmental
Organization), a program was specifically designed for Bobby that
took into account his Down syndrome and his own personal
capabilities. CAN-DO taught Anna how to help Bobby develop mental,
motor, speech, and other life skills. She plans to go back to the CAN-
DO training center for further instruction on special methods to
reinforce Bobby's current skills and teach new ones.

Anna feels that the HSF scholarship came at an important time in her
life. "Several days before it came," she recalls, "I asked the Lord
to give me some kind of a sign that He was working in my life and
would take care of me."

Her answer came in the form of a letter and scholarship check from
HSLDA. The letter said, "We pray that this event will give you cause
to hope in the Lord!"

Anna responded, "That is just what I needed to hear! Thank you! I am
very grateful for the scholarship!!!"

The generosity of Home School Legal Defense Association's members and
friends makes it possible for the Home School Foundation to bless
families like Anna's.

Impact of the Special Needs Children's Fund:

Since the Home School Foundation began granting scholarships through
the Special Needs Children's Fund in April 2002, we have been able to
help 88 families with grants totaling $47,000.



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