Photo courtesy of The Clarendon Citizen.
The adventure begins at Harvest Community School!
Last week our website and Facebook page went live, and we announced our intentions to start a school, and the website saw almost 1,500 hits the first day. Congratulations flowed from our friends in Clarendon County and from well-wishers all over the world. While you may have never heard of Charlotte Mason until now, our community of homeschools, private schools, and even a charter school is tight. Friends in Canada and Australia, missionaries in Peru and Uruguay, and family in El Salvador and Guatemala—not to mention folks at the forum at AmblesideOnline—checked out our website.
In the past week, we have fielded questions from interested parents by phone, in person, by computer, and on Friday when Shea and I walked with our kids on puddly trails at Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Cathy Gilbert, managing editor at The Clarendon Citizen, broke our story and extended our reach in her fabulous piece about HCS. Sharron Haley at The Item plans to submit her article next week, and we look forward to reading her work as well. Today, we are sending our first bona fide press release (file attached to the bottom of this post).
We have already doubled the number of students and have several more families considering us.
Aslan is on the move!
And, there’s ice cream! Thursday night, we are hosting an ice cream social for parents who would like to learn more about our school and enrollment. We plan to give away five copies of Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s For the Children’s Sake, too.
In our last blog post, Shea alluded to the property. Our co-founder Angie Bruner and her husband Jay are under contract to buy a now defunct charter school that has handicap access, separate restroom facilities for boys and girls, sprinklers, and green space for our nature study program. The title check has cleared, and everything should be settled by Monday. We hope to start investing a little sweat equity into the grounds and building before the week ends.
Tammy has been training our teachers who are eager to dig into the books and meet our new students. While we have only officially announced our primary class teacher, Jennifer Neelands, we have a pool of teachers preparing to teach the elementary class or substitute for us. We should be introducing you to them within the week.
If you have not had a chance to check out our website, it is chock full of information about us. One section gives you an idea of our curriculum design, a brief description of curricula for the primary class and elementary class, an explanation of our motto (“Think clear, feel deep, bear fruit well.” ~ Matthew Arnold), and memories of a student who graduated from a school like ours years ago. Another section describes our distinctives, an academic day, and our values. We have a general FAQ, a FAQ about our unique language arts program, and our biographies. We have information about enrollment and about supporting us. If you have any questions, you can reach us through our contact page.