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Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida Inc. and Brilliant Minds 4-H Club are blazing a positive trail after their most recent second annual Community Expo Feb. 1.

The expo is one of many initiatives throughout the year that engages the home-schooling community.

“[The] Community Expo was established to connect community services and businesses with all community members, as well as to provide resources and connections for new or returning home-schooling families,” said Rasheeda Denning, executive director of Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida Inc. “Its purpose is also to showcase and support our budding youth entrepreneurs and artists, and to continue fundraising for our Community Homeschool Resource Center, where families in the Central Florida area can come for classes, resources, a lending library, curriculum, study space, and so much more.”

With more than 50 vendors, the expo gave families an opportunity to learn about community offerings that could assist in broadening their children’s learning.

Many authors shared their children’s books, representatives of Votran discussed the agency’s field-trip opportunities, and Volusia County Schools shared career and technical education course offerings available for those interested in sharpening their skills in a trade.

Volusia County Solid Waste was on hand to explain the importance of recycling, as well.

“Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida Inc. provides support, classes, field trips and learning opportunities, along with hosting events for homeschooled youth in prekindergarten through 12th grade,” Denning said.

The company has significantly grown in recent years. In 2009, it provided services to two families; now, it supports more than 100 families.

Brilliant Minds, a home-school 4-H Club, started out with five members in 2015, but has since grown to more than 30 members.

There is much more to explore with BHCFL.

“Ice Skating Fun With Friends” is a monthly event open to all home-schoolers. Admission costs $5, and the fun takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, and Wednesday, April 1, at the Daytona Ice Arena, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., Ste. 63D, in South Daytona.

BHCFL’s Science & Geography Fair will be noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. This $7 event is also open to the public.

Families wanting to participate or learn more about BHCFL can email Rasheeda Denning at BHCFLStrong@gmail.com.

— Cameron, a longtime educator, lives in Orange City. Send email to cameronchronicleslive@gmail.com.


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