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Homeschool support program works on island | Letters | May 14

As we near the end of this school year, as parents of children of the BI Homeschool Support Program, we want to take a moment to publicly acknowledge and express our deepest thanks to the teachers, the staff and the district for creating a home- school support program.

The program is rich in its curriculum, innovative in creating learning environments that work for kids, and so completely supportive to families who know that their child would be best served in an alternative and flexible learning environment.

The rich, multi-age classes, the fantastic teachers, and the vibrant support from the staff that have been available to us throughout the school year(s) have allowed our children to develop a love of learning, an opportunity to follow their passions and talents, to do well in school, and to gain confidence and self-esteem as they grow and mature.

The open and dedicated community of families and acceptance/embracing of different learning styles, life styles, temperaments, and personalities have further nourished our lives and our experience. And have allowed our children to have a loving, supportive, fun, accepting environment in which to learn and grow.

The intent of this letter is to both publicly acknowledge the school and to say that this is an opportunity worthy of exploration and, for us, has been a wonderful choice.

It’s for parents who are willing to be very hands on, create the time it takes, and be creative in designing educational environments for their children in tandem with excellent teachers who are offering a variety of multi-age classroom settings.

This letter has been signed by some of the parents of students from kindergarten through 8th grade.

Don and Amba Gale,

Rebecca Rockefeller,

Klaas Hesselink and Alyse McConnell,

Leona MacKay,

Kirsten Branson-Meyer,

Heather Scott,

Julie Leung,

Bernadette Witty,

Rhonda Topham,

Stevi Schmidt,

Marcela Heidt,

Aleta Shuelke

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