Thousands of educators, parents, students and more will flock to the Washington State Fairgrounds this weekend (June 12-13) for the Washington Homeschool Organization’s 30th annual convention.
Since home schooling in the state of Washington became legal back in 1985, the WHO has offered the annual convention to provide home-school families a chance to connect with other families and learn new ideas.
“It makes them (home-school parents and students) feel refreshed, energized, and it really gives them a boost for the coming year,” said Debbie Jurasek, WHO office manager. “It’s their one-stop annual shopping idea for curriculum.”
For most attendees, the convention is their favorite home-school event of the year, and it gives students and parents a chance to meet and reconnect with other families home schooling their children, Jurasek said.
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The 200-exhibit event is open to the public, including parents and educators of non home-schooled students.
“It has workshops, family friendly activities, and we have exhibitors that showcase curriculum, and extracurricular-type activities,” Jurasek said. “We have a lot of information about how to get started.”
Many parents of public or private school students will also attend to get ideas about activities to keep kids occupied during the coming summer months. In addition, there are also activities and events targeted toward kids.
The convention will also have nationally and internationally recognized educational speakers throughout the convention from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
WHO helps serve interests of home-based education through out the state. For more information on the organization or the event, visit washhomeschool.org.