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Dr. Deb Friday: Why Do You Attend A Homeschool Convention?

By Debra Bell | May 10, 2013 | by Debra Bell


Dr. Deb Friday

It’s the height of the convention season, and I’m pretty much in a different state every weekend. Yesterday I helped to set up the Apologia booth for our own state convention in Harrisburgh, PA. The CHAP Fair (Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania) is one of the largest in the country. I’d be willing to bet our convention is held in one of the most unusual venues in the country: the PA Farm Show Complex, which is affectionally known as the Cow Palace around here. Here’s an image to help you visualize the setting:

It’s amazing how a little bit of carpeting can transform the place (but breath deeply and you’ll know you’re still in a very large barn.)

I had an interesting discussion with one of the organizers about the future of state conventions, especially considering the ease with which we can avail ourselves of information and support online.

What do you think? Are homeschool conventions important? What are some of the reasons you attend?  Here’s my short list:

1. State conventions demonstrate the strength and growth of our movement and that’s important for our survival.

2. State conventions renew our commitment to homeschooling and build our faith for continuing on.

3. State conventions help those getting started or just considering homeschooling to get plugged in and access the information they need easily and quickly.

4. ???? (Continue the list here….)