What is REACH?
We are a group of homeschooling families in the Moorhead, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota, area that desire to encourage one another in our walk with Jesus Christ.
REACH (Resources and Encouragement for Area Christian Homeschoolers) is a non-profit organization whose member families are currently home educating. (This includes preschool children.) REACH exists for the following purpose:
- To represent home education to the community in a manner that honors Jesus Christ
- To keep member families informed on legal and legislative issues affecting home education
- To provide an atmosphere for exchange of teaching techniques and curriculum information
- To maintain a pool of homeschool resources for member use
- To provide educational and family activities for member families
- To promote public awareness of home education
What kinds of activities and services are offered?
- Resource Library
- Used Book & Curriculum Sale
- Q & A Sessions
- Encouragement for Moms Meetings
- Information at Meetings
- Legal Information/Updates
- Legal Defense Discount
Student Oriented Activities
- Educational Field Trips
- Academic Enrichment Classes
- Kids Bake-Off
- Brain Bee
- Craft Day
- Spelling Bee
- Public Speaking Night
- Science Fair
- Project Fair
Family Centered Fellowship & Interaction
- Back-to-School Potluck & Relay Games
- Game Nights
A Letter from our REACH Board of Directors:
Dear Home Educator,
We would like to invite you to apply for membership with REACH for the 2013-2014 school year. One hundred forty-nine families were part of our home schooling organization last year. Membership runs from June 1 to May 31. Membership requirements include meeting the REACH family definition; working toward or actively engaged in private, independent home education; paying annual dues of $20; agreeing to follow the REACH guidelines, and assisting in at least one service opportunity.
REACH has no paid positions. The volunteer time and effort of the families that join make our organization successful. We are thankful for the members who diligently pitch in to make REACH what it is.
If you choose not to become a member of REACH, you are still welcome to attend and observe the events listed on our website's home page. This includes many of our parent activities such as moms' meetings, informational parent workshops, used book sales, and more.
The secure side of our website has the "member's only" calendar which lists student activities for our REACH homeschooled students. (Homeschooled students is defined as those children under seven that the parents plan to home educate or those seven and older whose names have been submitted on a letter of intent to the local school district. If a member family has school aged children who they are not homeschooling, those children may not attend the student activities (field trips, spelling bee, enrichment classes, etc.).
Christian home education is more than academics. Christian home education, at its best, is actually an all-encompassing discipleship of children. It is our desire that REACH will equip and encourage parents to mentor their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The REACH Board of Directors
Jason and Allison Pettys
Jim and Julie Walter
P.O. Box 85
Moorhead, MN 56561
Please note that visitors at our "public" events are welcome as long as they understand that they must agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless REACH, its board of directors, activity coordinators, and all hosting property owners from any claim arising out of injury.