This year we offered free grandparent registrations, just to send out that invitation. And also we had more fun things going on. As we get larger we can afford to rent the extra space for the additional activities. So it grows, and we grow.
It is an exhausting adventure, if you have ever coordinated a conference you know what I am talking about. The time and energy it takes is overwhelming at times. But so worth it when things happen. When we see people making connections, children playing....just amazing.
This year Dr Flood, the new director for the NC Division of Non Public Education, meandered through the conference for a few hours, meeting and talking with homeschoolers. That was a wonderful addition. It was nice to see her, put a name to a face, get to talk to her for a few minutes. I think it only serves homeschoolers well for her to see the diversity in homeschooling, and to see whole homeschool families, not just some BOD or a homeschool mom, but the whole unit, in a relaxed atmosphere where there is no box to check, no test score to see, just meeting and talking. And for her to see the effort that homeschoolers put into their children's education, making sure they are doing the best for the family, that is a bonus.
The Homeschool Alliance of North Carolina, Inc. is the parent organization that sponsors the Love to Learn Homeschool Conference. HA-NC has a BOD made up of VOLUNTEERS, yes you read it right, no one on the BOD is paid for their time. We are all homeschoolers ourselves and give our time because we feel having an inclusive association in North Carolina is important. We feel having a truly inclusive conference is important.
Also our speakers are not paid for their time, they get a free box lunch. They speak because they have a passion to share. They also feel this is important stuff. We thank our speakers for their time, their effort, their caring. We thank them for their passion and willingness to share that passion with others.
So even though it is exhausting at times, it is also energizing, and so important for homeschooling. When you see a Board Member for HA-NC or a speaker that presented at the conference, please take a minute to thank them for their time, thank them for sharing their passion.