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2/18/2010 12:25:43 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California: CHEA Labors on Your Behalf

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California: CHEA Labors on Your Behalf

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Since I started representing homeschool families in 1982, I have
worked with Christian Home Educators Association of California to
advance and protect the freedom to homeschool in California.
Obviously, CHEA does a lot more. They put on one of the finest
homeschool conferences for homeschool families. CHEA's committed to
support, equip, promote and protect private Christian homeschooling in
California, and they have done a tremendous job of doing all of that.

In the area of equipping, CHEA is the preeminent organization in the
country, helping families get started homeschooling as well as
successfully completing the journey. They provide teaching aids and
curriculum guides for preschool, elementary, high school and more.
CHEA's "Introduction to Home Education" manual is essential for every
homeschool family getting started and at the other end of the
spectrum, the "High School Handbook" is absolutely essential for those
contemplating or teaching a high school student. These are just two
resources of over 130 that you will find in the CHEA store. Chances
are, in the CHEA store there is an answer to every question you have
regarding the homeschooling of your child.

CHEA, like many ministries today, is feeling the effects of the
recession. I recognize that many dads are out of work, and many have
had to take a pay cut just to stay employed. Businesses are seeing
less revenue. This truly is a difficult time for many of us. However,
the demand for CHEA's services continues to grow. It is absolutely
critical in California that we all support CHEA. The equipping and
vision for continuing to protect and expand the freedom to homeschool
in California must go forward.

CHEA is a nonprofit organization, having provided its valuable service
to California homeschoolers for nearly 30 years. Membership,
donations, convention registrations, the online bookstore, and the
purchase of MP3 files online are the primary ways that CHEA is
supported. My goal is that every HSLDA member would also be a CHEA
member. There are various levels of membership which you can check out
on their website at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7700 . The basic
membership is $40 per year per family. For that you will receive the
following:

> A one-year subscription to the California Parent Home Educator
(published quarterly);
> A copy of their homeschool information packet -- a $7.99 value;
> Save $20 on membership with HSLDA;
> Save 10% on all CHEA materials; and
> A 30% discount on the CHEA convention registration fees.

I'm asking each one of you to go to the CHEA website and join now.
Additionally, I'm asking you to make a donation in excess of the $40
membership fee. Many of you may only be able to afford an additional
donation of $60. However, there are some of you that can write a check
for a thousand dollars or more to ensure that CHEA can continue to
provide the equipping recourses so vital to the success of the
homeschool movement in California. I'd also like to encourage you to
support CHEA by planning to attend one of their conventions. You can
find detailed information on their website regarding the Bay Area
Convention (April 30-May 1) and their annual convention in Long Beach
(July 16-18).

I have been a personal friend of Susan Beatty, co-founder of CHEA, for
29 years. I know all the board members personally, and I can vouch for
their integrity. All being homeschoolers themselves, their mission of
protecting the God-given right of parents to direct the education and
training of their children to the glory of God, is personal. Please
support CHEA to ensure that the homeschooling families of California
receive the support in the future that we all have benefitted from in
the past.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. May God bless you
as we all know it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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