A Letter from Debbie Dykes
Over the course of the past 11 years, SHARE has multiplied amazingly.
The seed began in 1989 with eight families who met weekly in a backyard, we have grown to 500 current families, involved with so many activities we sometimes don’t even have room on our fantastic calendar to place it all.
Cherry Potter & Cathy Hanamean started SHARE in 1991, with about 30 families who sometimes came to Florida Wheels for a monthly skating event, and occasional fieldtrips & excursions.
After Cherry’s daughter graduated, we were left on our own, and divided up the month’s activities with me volunteering to type up the calendar (with my daughter’s help). When the skating was being cancelled, a “plan” was devised so that we could rent out the rink, and divide up the cost, so that it would be cheap enough to afford, AND so that if the families paid in advance they would come! And, they came! Sometime in 1995-1996, somehow, because I did the calendar and came up with the plan, and had a heart for helping new homeschoolers, I became the Coordinator of SHARE.
For years, my living room was covered in textbooks to disburse to whomever needed them. (These books are now in my family room! Youth For Christ stored them for us for more than a year!) Many of you sat there with me listening to my two-hour sessions, or passed along your old curriculum to assist. Bless you.
Starting off with about 60 families in 1996, we sometimes now have +160 families attend the monthly roller skating, with oodles of information to share and Scholastic Book Club from which to order discount books.
We also just celebrated our 2013 Graduation ceremony.
While SHARE does not charge a membership fee, we do end up with surplus monies to pay for:
1. Packets (probably over 1,000) of information for new educators
2. More than 10,000 calendars (with cooperation of a few churches, too)
3. SHARE Directories (1,000) that included testing & tutor information (thanks to
Patty Peace & Robin Bunch & Peggy Stillman)
4. Thousands of canned goods
5. Thousands of items of clothing shared amongst us
6. Thousands of books which have been sold inexpensively, exchanged, or
7. Thousands of cookies to the Jordan Prison Ministry
8. Thousands of telephone hours and hundreds of in-person counseling
9. $300 as seed money to start Manatee HEAT (a vision of mine and Beverly
Hartman’s for years)
10. Cards &$$ to widowed & unemployed, $100+ for a prom
12. SHARE t-shirt designed
13. Scholarships to 20 SHARE families for skating (thanks to anonymous donors)
14. Beautiful yearbooks (thanks to all the yearbook volunteers!)
15. 1000 to Brenda Dickinson (educational lobbyist) from Creative
ArtWorks fundraisers (thank you LaDonna Sasscer & the dozen families who
16. Hundred+ field trips (MANY MANY thanks to those who’ve coordinated and
17. Spanish classes ($150+ location donations)
18. 100+Samaritan Shoeboxes that went around the world
19. 100+ gifts for Adopt-A-Family or Angel Tree
18. $100+ Sports mission trips, FPEA discount memberships
20. 200+email addresses online, helped launch scout troops & dens, awarded
roses &certificates to MANY fine ladies (& a few gents) for their help… THANK
21. Reimbursement for ink cartridges (our only wage) to myself and the monthly
You should be proud to be affiliated with SHARE, whose monies are accounted for in full, and have been above reproach, balancing out to the penny, and who is continually being blessed by and through you. I can guarantee you that there’s not another educational support group like SHARE in the world. I’ve gone to the support group forums, and I promise you, WE are different in a very good way!
Should you desire to become part of our group, please follow the link below and fill out the web form. You will be contacted by our Volunteer SHARE Responder as soon as possible.
Glad to serve as a volunteer (by God’s grace),
(1) A “home education program” means the sequentially progressive instruction of a student directed by his or her parent in order to satisfy the attendance requirements of ss. 1002.41,1003.01(13), and 1003.21(1).
HORIZON EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS IS:
(2) A “private school” is a nonpublic school defined as an individual, association, copartnership, or corporation, or department, division, or section of such organizations, that designates itself as an educational center that includes kindergarten or a higher grade or as an elementary, secondary, business, technical, or trade school below college level or any organization that provides instructional services that meet the intent of s. 1003.01(13) or that gives preemployment or supplementary training in technology or in fields of trade or industry or that offers academic, literary, or career training below college level, or any combination of the above, including an institution that performs the functions of the above schools through correspondence or extension, except those licensed under the provisions of chapter 1005. A private school may be a parochial, religious, denominational, for-profit, or nonprofit school. This definition does not include home education programs conducted in accordance with s. 1002.41.
History.—s. 90, ch. 2002-387; s. 32, ch. 2004-41; s. 76, ch. 2004-357; s. 169, ch. 2007-5.