Family Educators Alliance of South Texas (FEAST), 4719 Blanco Rd., San
Antonio, TX 78212. (210) 692-7214. Contact: Ruth Perez.
FEAST has been in existence for about ten years. It provides
scholarships and serves as a resource center for homeschoolers. San
Antonians can come there to examine and buy curriculum products.
Standardized testing is available through FEAST for a price.
FEAST has workshops covering every facet of homeschooling. In addition,
they host a homeschool sports-team program and an orchestra. They also
organize and run their city’s annual homeschool book fair. And they will
provide information, help, and referrals to any homeschoolers who call.
The major corporate backing FEAST has attracted makes much of this
possible. Substantial funding is provided by James Leininger, a
corporate Chief Executive Officer who is also involved in the CEO
Foundation—a group that provides money for inner city children to pay
for tuition in private schools.
For more information about FEAST, including how they operate and the
ways in which they have obtained and kept corporate support, call Ruth
Perez. She has a model of business-homeschool partnership to be proud
of, and would be happy to speak with you about it.
Christian Worldview Library, 700 East 37th Street N., Wichita, KS 67201.
(316) 832-3319. Fax: (316) 832-3271. Contact: Becky Elder—Proprietor, or
CWL rose out of homeschooling-parents Philip and Becky Elders’ desire in
1988 for a comprehensive library to provide resources for their own
family. Their vision has grown to include many more families and many
more services. For an annual fee of $25, homeschoolers can borrow from
over 6,000 books and other resources. They can also use the Love Box
Company gymnasium and swimming pool, and even attend fitness classes at
Love! Members receive regular catalogues and updates, as well as a
three-ring binder within which to keep them.
All this was made possible by generous grants of space, staff,
equipment, and dollars by Becky’s father, Robert Love, the owner and CEO
of Love Box.
Corporations often have facilities they can share. For example, says
Becky, it is not unusual for companies to have good computer facilities
with plenty of unused room to accommodate outside users. Love Box shares
their computing facilities with CWL—without disruption to either. So be
Becky is quick to point out that she can probably do little to help
homeschoolers learn how to appeal to corporations for help “cold,” since
hers was a unique situation. Not only did she happen to have a father
who owned a big company, but Robert Love is not the average corporate
CEO! He authored and published a book in 1973 entitled How to Start Your
Own School for people who were “fed up with public education” and who
wanted to “rescue their children from the evils of public education.”
Becky and her father can share how they have dealt with common dilemmas
that arise in business-homeschool partnerships because of regulations or
other practical obstacles. In Wichita, for example, the zoning
commission gave them trouble about creating an educational resource
center on an industrial site. This is an issue likely to come up
frequently among those seeking to make corporate facilities available to
homeschoolers. They partially solved this by making the CWL services
available to employees, too—and thus part of Love’s “employee relations”
If you own a company, or lead a homeschool group, and want to see how a
business-homeschool partnership can work, give Becky Elder or Joyce
Templeton a call. They’d love to hear from you.
National, Corporate-Backed, School-Reform
Almost all the large national organizations are focused entirely on
public school “reform.” There was, however, one excellent possibility I
was able to uncover, which functions nationally, and has solid
The National Association of Partners in Education (NAPE), 209 Madison
Street, Suite 401, Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 836-4880; fax: (703)
836-6941. Contact: Janet Cox.
Janet Cox tells me that NAPE has usually helped with business-school
collaboration with the public schools. But they also do projects with
private schools. And NAPE is not averse to working with homeschoolers.
Cox told me that they haven’t done so yet only because “no homeschoolers
NAPE provides leadership in bringing together educators, businesses,
community organizations, and citizen groups who want to work together to
help schools. Their database lists interested parties from each of these
sectors, around the country. Ask them for help and they may point you to
a CEO in your city specifically interested in, say, funding and helping
private, radical educational reform. There must be a few Robert Loves in
NAPE has affiliate organizations (for example, the Ohio Association of
Partners in Education) in over 30 states. They can refer you to trained
NAPE affiliates in your area. And NAPE is backed by about 70 major
NAPE has tons of experience and training materials to help you set up
successful business-education partnerships. These are available to you
and to any people you partner with. Their materials are designed for
public or private schools, but most of this information would be just as
useful to homeschool groups. Available materials include scores of
books, pamphlets, and videos—not to mention knick-knacks to use as
incentives for people who help you, such as t-shirts, lapel pins, and
Finally, NAPE hosts training seminars all over the country. Get on their
mailing list and you, and those you partner with, can attend. Janet says
she would love to see homeschoolers represented at NAPE workshops. Why
not put this on the calendar of sympathetic business and homeschool
leaders in your community?
Join NAPE as a volunteer for $15, or as the leader of an organization
for $75. Larger business, community, or educational organizations (such
as your regional home school association) can join for $250/year.
Companies Specializing in Grants to Local
The most productive approach for homeschoolers is to seek partnerships
at the local level with small to mid-sized companies in your own
communities. Start with business owners, or those close to them, in your
homeschool group. Then get involved with organizations like the Kiwanis,
the Lion’s Clubs, and the Chamber of Commerce. Big churches with
sympathetic pastors can also help you locate sympathetic business
However, local initiatives do not mean you can’t get funds from big
companies as well, particularly if you already have the support of area
businesses. We at PHS will be compiling a list of large businesses that
are “homeschool friendly” over the next months, and will share it with
you in a future issue.