Mission Minded: The Home School Foundation



The Home School Foundation – Financial Support for Homeschoolers

For many homeschool families, the school bell signaling the beginning of a new school year rang months ago and children have been flipping the pages through new (or used) textbooks and eagerly soaking up the knowledge promised by a brand new school year. There are also many families who have prayed to continue homeschooling their children and for various reasons – expense, death of a parent, etc. – see that dream slowly fading away. Despite that, they remain committed in prayer to continue educating their children as they believe they have been called by God.
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The TOS Review Crew needs you!

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I have had the pleasure of being a product/curriculum reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse (TOS) Magazine for five years. You can see the variety of products TOS Crew members have been offered and some of the ones I reviewed for the team during my time as a TOS Crew Reviewer. It has again been a busy year that is coming to an end this week and the TOS Review Crew is looking for some new team members.
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Homeschool Program at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (and changes)

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2013_0102_0474We have attended the Homeschool Program at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art since we have lived in West Tennessee. The educational benefits for the price (free) are ones that should not be missed.

Previously, registration was done online. Either you got in by registering before reservations filled, or you did not. They later moved to no longer requiring reservations and allowing participants to attend on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once they were full, then they were full; and they filled quickly.
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Students recognized at Bird Dog Museum art contest

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Pictured (l-r): Rose Black, First Place, twelfth grade; Sara Beth Thierfelder, Honorable Mention, fourth grade; Judith Thierfelder, art teacher; Elissa Bradley, Third Place, kindergarten; Anderlyn Bradley, Honorable Mention, eighth grade; and Howard Mitchell, art teacher.

Homeschool students Rose Black, Anderlyn and Elissa Bradley and Sara Beth Thierfelder were recognized by the Bird Dog Foundation in April for their participation in the Annual Sporting Dog Youth Art Contest that was held Saturday, March 26 in Grand Junction. Approximately 50 students participated in the competition that included artists from Mississippi and Tennessee.

Grand Junction Mayor Curtis Lane greeted the attendees and welcomed them to the city, which gained world-renowned recognition, in February, as the Bird Dog and Field Trial capital of the world.
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tnAchieves is looking for TN Promise mentors

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The deadline of Saturday, November 1 to apply for the TN Promise is rapidly approaching. With the large number of students registering to be eligible to receive the funds from this last dollar scholarship, comes the need for mentors who will work with those students beyond the scholarship deadline.

“The mentors fill a couple of rolls that include encouraging the students through the process. Most of the students we work with include lower income and first generation college students. A lot of times, they don’t have a lot of support at home,” said Graham Thomas, tnAchieves Director of Community Partnerships. “They just need that extra encouragement.”
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Glen Campbell’s “I’ll Be Me” {review}

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Glen Campbell and his wife, Kim Woolen, went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011 with the hope of bringing awareness to the debilitating disease. Not long after their announcement, Campbell set off on a “Goodbye Tour” that was supposed to last for a small number of dates, but instead continued for 151 shows finishing in Napa, California in November 2011.
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TN Promise provides affordable means for obtaining higher education

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tn_promiseAffording higher education became easier for graduating high school seniors when the TN Promise was signed into law earlier this year in April by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. The TN Promise, one of the initiatives of Haslam’s Drive to 55, offers Tennessee high school graduates two years of free tuition to attend any community college (13) or Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) (27), and some participating four year colleges in the state. The scholarship will first be offered to homeschool, private and public school students in the graduating Class of 2015 as well as to GED or HiSET recipients who attain their diploma prior to reaching 19 years old.
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