Dear Homeschooling Friends,
We urge you to read HSLDA’s message below. We heartily concur with Mike Smith’s high recommendation of CHEA and request of your membership and other support of CHEA as outlined below. My wife and I have had the privilege of not only working with CHEA, its Board, staff, and volunteers; but also know many of them as friends since we were the first Support Group leaders of the San Bernardino area and then later when we started Family Protection Ministries in 1986 in teamwork with CHEA and HSLDA. Thanks to all who support CHEA now and in the future.
Roy & Debbie Hanson for FPM
FROM HSLDA’s Elert Service:
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. 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
- 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 resources 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 their annual convention at the Pasadena Convention Center (July 14–16).
I have been a personal friend of Susan Beatty, co-founder of CHEA, for 30 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.
J. Michael Smith