The mission of POLE is not to be like your typical classroom settings as the law does not require homeschools to keep the same schedule or teach the same materials; one of the frustrations is that when most students finish with high school, they are not prepared as they should be for the future. There are teachers that are out there still that care and I applaud them for reaching their students. However, there are so many reasons that students and their families decide to homeschool that it is impossible for each and every issue to be addressed as effectively as it would be if the parents were able to handle it.
The mission of POLE is to prepare for the future; could this future be going back into a public classroom, a job, college. the military? yes! Could be a little of all and each student is an individual and must grow in their direction with positive influence. I agree that homeschooling is not for everyone and those people can give homeschooling a really bad name and reputation that is not deserved.
The mission extends to the safety and well being of our students and I do not like to be in a place that I have to call child protection services or other agencies for things I see and hear but I will as your students and your family is important to me. They deserve to be in an safe and comfortable environment and I see these children as our future; look at your children and ask yourself if I as a parent have given my student the best chance that I can at an education and at life so they will be a future that is bright? If you answered yes, thank you but if you know in your heart that this is not the case and the reality is they need a better chance, at least you know and can give them a better chance.
Homeschooling has been around a lot longer than the public schools and we do not get government help and I am not getting a pay check so what I do for these children is on my own and the supplies and bills are paid from the fees.
I hope to see you at the meeting, please look at the All Meetings calendar to see what we have to offer your student and make an appointment just to see what services we offer; you will be glad you did.
Cindy Balch, MSCJ
What we are is defined as INCLUSIVE !
A homeschool group that is inclusive and welcomes anyone who homeschools regardless of religion or educational beliefs or practices;
as homeschooling becomes more popular, more inclusive groups have been formed; in the traditional classroom settings, an inclusive group is focused on reaching out to increasingly diverse student populations to provide supportive and quality educational resources, materials and socialization to ALL students regardless of economic status, gender, race or disability.
We hope that you and your family will obtain a learning experience that will surpass what they have already been offered.
Always call the office if you have any questions 606-638-0032
Pole was developed by Cindy Balch and Sabrina Parsons in late 2005. Both parents saw a need in the educational community and stepped up to the plate. We began our meetings at the Lawrence County Library, where several parents joined us.This was a unique period of trial and error. We learned very quickly that we would not make everyone happy and we were learning about the needs of what was needed. Not everyone wanted or needed the same thing. We began our meeting at the Lawrence County Extention Office, where they were in the process of getting a new building. Here is where we celebrated our first year with a select group of 5 families. Life happens and I can not lie, it was yet another lesson learned. It was back down to two families and several people wanting to join. GaWanda Slate and her family joined us and now there were three families. Two other families joined, things happened and three families adopted and made another group in a local outer area.We celebrated two years with two families. That went all but about 6 months and two families returned. The group was now back at 5 families. Our first two high school students joined us, Jackie and Stevie Hall. We were growing again and we never dreamed it would grow so fast. We learned so much out of these changes and what we needed to do. We entered year number 2, not knowing where we would end up. To get through all of that and to make a long story short, we now as of (4-20-09) have over 50 students and I get phone calls several times a week, asking about homeschooling. During our 2nd year, our group made it into the Information Packet and Best practices Document for Kentucky. January 11, 2009, we celebrated 3 years and we kept it on the down low, as the students say.
How do you feel when you are picked on and discriminated against for your clothing, size, sexual orientation, education...just to name a few? All of these things do not count when it comes to getting an education and become a functional part of the community? These people that are picking and downgrading you for are not going to be there to pay your bills and lead you through life....they may be one day watching you pass them by. You are who you are and will be who you can be and it is all up to you! What are you going to do with your life? Make every decision count......Get educated and Get a life!!!!! Before you let someone else have yours...stand up for what you believe and make something out of you for you!
A Box of Crayons
by: Shane DeRolf
While walking in a toy store
the day before today,
I overheard a crayon box
with many things to say.
“I don’t like red!” said yellow.
And green said, “Nor do I!”
And no one here likes orange,
But no one knows quite why.
“We are a box of crayons
That don’t really get along,”
Said blue to all the others
“Something here is wrong!”
Well, I bought that box of crayons
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the crayons could all see.
They watched me as I colored
with red and blue and green
and black and white and orange
and every color in between.
They watched as green
became the grass
and blue became the sky.
The yellow sun was shining bright
on white clouds drifting by.
Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.
And when I’d finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the crayon box
Had something more to say…
“I do like red!” said the yellow
and green said, “So do I!”
“And blue you are terrific
so high up in the sky.”
“We are a box of crayons
each of us unique,
but when we get together
the picture is complete.”
A Little Extra thought:
Wouldn’t it be terrible? Wouldn’t it be sad?
If just one single color was the color that we had?
If everything was purple? Or red? Or blue? Or green?
If yellow, pink, or orange was all that could be seen?
Can you just imagine how dull our world would be if
just one single color was all we got to see?
This is not about the color of our skin...it is about who we are and diversity.....think of what you like and do not like about others and think about how that would make them feel if they were not accepted for being them? That is not who you want to be...we all have a place where we are inadequate and have room to grow.
I want to thanks all of those who had bad things to say about me, POLE and others who homeschool. Without you, we would not know what shallow looks like and see where we need to improve. These comments make us stronger and you weaker for having the time to even spread lies and incomplete thoughts. Please consider the source and make sure before you pass judgment on others, to have all of the facts and look to yourself before you take on someone who is strong in what she believes in and in the education of others. I care about my students and what happens to them...WWJD ???