by Amy Tjaden News Editor


It might be hard to imagine that anything positive can come from these hard economic times. But in tough times people often pull together to make good things happen.

The current economic conditions are partly what inspired April Davis and Kristina Krist to form the Las Vegas Valley Homeschool Network, a homeschool organization that puts focus on community service. The idea began to take shape just this past November and has grown from there.

 April and Kristina are no strangers to helping the community. “We both do our own bit of community service,” April said, “but thought it would be great to get the kids involved and get the next generation started right so that they can make a difference in the world from an early age.”

Other than that their motivation is simply to make a difference within their community and to help shed a positive light on homeschooling.

The group is currently working to gain their status as a non-profit organization. Their intent is to have quarterly fundraisers for various local charities. They are working on the details of a three day long homeschool festival that they are hoping to host this spring.

The purpose of the festival is to bring together homeschool families and groups within the area for the purpose of fun and community service. The three -day event will include sporting events, homeschool displays from the various groups in attendance, a picnic, a talent show and surprise entertainment from the Las Vegas Strip.

All proceeds from the festival will go to Safe Nest, an organization that assists those faced with domestic violence.

The other big project the group is currently working on is a cookbook. They are hoping to make the cookbook an annual fundraiser. Eventually the creation will expand into a recipe blog on their website. “We are planning on taking this to Amazon and possibly ebay and beyond.  We are very excited for the possibilities that this will open up for giving.”

Anyone can send in a recipe but the deadline is approaching fast. If you have a recipe you’d like to see included, you can send it to [email protected]. Submissions need to be in by February 28th.

More information about the group can be found at their website.

If our readers have similar groups in their community I’d love to hear about them.

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