MEMBERSHIP INFO

Member Benefits | Activities & Events | Fundraisers

DHCH membership is open to all current and prospective homeschooling* families who live in the vicinity of the Far North Valley/Desert Foothills (Black Canyon City, New River, Desert Hills, Cave Creek, Anthem, Tramonto, and surrounding areas.)

*Homeschooling is defined by Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. 15-802 as "a nonpublic school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian or other person who has custody of the child or nonpublic instruction provided in the child's home." (Students who are enrolled in a virtual academy are actually in the public school system and therefore are not considered to be homeschooling in accordance with A.R.S. 15-802.)

If you are beginning homeschooling and your child is 6 years old as of September 1st or is less than 16 years of age then you will need to complete an "Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool," have it notarized, make a photocopy for your records, and take the original signed and notarized affidavit to your County School Superintendent's office along with your child's certified birth certificate. (They will give the birth certificate back to you.)

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By reviewing our website, you should be able to establish if our group has similar interests and belief structures to your homeschool. We hope you will like what you see and decide to join DHCH! Be sure to read our Statement of Faith. (Only those in leadership positions need to sign the statement of faith.)

To join DHCH, click on the button below:

Click to join DHCH

OR send a blank e-mail to:

dhcs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

OR sign up directly at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dhcs/

Member Benefits

Homeschool Advantages - Among these are the freedom to choose a child's curriculum, closer parent-child relationships, ability to learn along with one's children, control of the child's moral environment, more individualized instruction for the student, and it costs less than a private school. Interaction with people of all ages is the best way to socialize children and avoid peer dependency.

Parents - DHCH seeks to provide adult members with fellowship and emotional support. New homeschoolers can meet other beginners and can also learn from homeschool veterans.

Children - DHCH seeks to provide children of members with an opportunity to develop close friendships and to participate in educationally enriching activities together.

Phone Tree - A cascading telephone communication system ensures that every member gets a call for important events.

E-mail Group - The DHCH e-group is how we notify each other about field trips, upcoming events, meeting dates and times, legislative news and alerts, etc. It also promotes fellowship by enabling us to communicate and share ideas with the ease of e-mail.

Event Calendar - Find out what's happening on upcoming dates. (You will need to log in with your Yahoo ID.)

Membership Booklet - Now Online! Contains all the information you need to know about DHCH and homeschooling, including useful resources, articles, and forms.

Members Directory - Keep everyone's names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses handy. Now online so you can update your contact info and add new children to the list as necessary, but you can still print out a paper copy. (You will need to log in with your Yahoo ID.)

Members Business Directory - We also have a Yahoo group file where you can list your home business, e-business, child's business, and/or spouse's place of employment. This can include anything and everything - auto repair, landscaping, house painting, computers, tutoring, babysitting, Usborne, Tupperware, Avon, Realtors, CPAs, etc. - any type of business or independent consultant that our members might need at one time or another. It's an easy way to get referrals and help each other, so be sure to check the list and add your info! (You will need to log in with your Yahoo ID.) And when friends or neighbors ask if you know anyone who can do this or that... you can refer to the list and recommend someone from our group!

Billboard Day - An opportunity for DHCH members to advertise your home business once per month, on the 1st of each month (or if the 1st falls on a Sunday you can post it on Monday). Feel free to post your information to the group on this day to remind us about your products and/or services! Only one Billboard post per member on that day, but it can be any length.

Membership Card - May be used to obtain educator discounts at local stores.

Lending Library - Check out homeschool books and curriculum for as long as you need them (up to a year).

Blessings Fund - DHCH offers assistance for members who are undergoing financial hardship due to unemployment, salary reduction, illness or some other crisis and need help purchasing curriculum, paying for convention registration, or other reasonable and necessary expenses directly related to homeschooling. We consider requests on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire privately regarding your circumstances and needs, and your name will be kept confidential.

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Activities & Events

Field Trips - All members are encouraged to schedule field trips to destinations of their choice. Simply make the arrangements and then invite the rest of the group. It's just like getting a bunch of friends together to go someplace. Past field trips have included: the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Science Center, Legislative Days, Childsplay, Phoenix Symphony, Fire Safety Day, Medieval Festival, Renaissance Faire, American Heritage Weekend, Civil War Reenactments, Crows Dairy, Youngs Farm, Laura Ingalls Wilder Day, Pioneer Living History Village, Mesa Southwest Museum, Indian Ruin hike, River Day, apple picking, camping, stargazing, and many more. For hundreds of field trip ideas, see: www.ArizonaEdventures.com

Biannual Meetings - There are two regularly scheduled meetings per year, in the Fall and Spring. The Fall meeting is a casual picnic in the park where the whole family can get acquainted with other DHCH families. The Spring meeting typically features a special guest speaker.

Community Service - Our volunteer projects have included: Operation Christmas Child, serving breakfast at a homeless shelter, working at Pioneer Village, and cleaning up the Black Canyon City Memorial Cemetery. As an ongoing project, don't forget to clip and save those labels and boxtops!

Special Events - DHCH has hosted many special events over the years such as: River Day, Recognition Night, Promotion Ceremony, Academic Fair, Talent Show, Used Curriculum Sales, Homeschool Information Night, etc.

  Enrichment Classes - From time to time we may hold extracurricular enrichment classes (music, art, sign language, etc.) when we have enough interest and a regular place to meet. However, the overall emphasis of our group has not been on offering classes, but simply as a means of enabling like-minded homeschool families to get together for friendship and fellowship.

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Fundraisers

DHCH is run entirely by volunteers but we do incur nominal expenses for maintaining our website, paying guest speaker honorariums, renting the park, advertising in the local papers, doing service projects, buying materials and supplies, etc. You can help support DHCH by purchasing DHCH t-shirts, saving UPCs and boxtops, or making a donation.

T-shirts - Matching t-shirts provide a sense of group identity, make us look more like a team when serving out in the community, and make it easy to spot each other in a crowd. The "official" shirt for our homeschool group is the yellow cotton tee with DHCH logo on front. Online ordering makes it easy to get an assortment for the whole family. We also have DHCH hats, buttons, stickers, and magnets! At least 10% of each sale is donated to DHCH. Click here for more details and ordering info.

Campbells Labels for Education - Collect and save UPC codes and caps - no more labels! These can be used to get free stuff for our homeschool group such as library and reference materials, software, videos, science kits, microscopes, art supplies, sports equipment, even computers and musical instruments. To view all eligible products, see: www.labelsforeducation.com

General Mills Boxtops for Education - Earn cash for our homeschool group! Simply clip Box Tops coupons from your favorite General Mills products, and they will give us 10 cents for each Box Tops coupon redeemed. To view hundreds of participating products, see: www.boxtops4education.com

Please keep on clipping those UPCs and boxtops all year round! You can even get your kids involved and it's an easy, fun, no-cost way for your family to help support DHCH! (There is a collection can on the homeschool shelf at the BCC library, or bring them to our meetings, or contact us for a mailing address to send them.)

NEW! Donate Online - Would you would like to give a contribution to DHCH? Use your credit card or checking account without having to write a check - at no extra cost to you! PayPal provides a secure link for this purpose, but you don't need to have a PayPal account to use this service. Please click on the button below. Thanks!

We appreciate your support!
(Contributions are NOT tax deductible.)

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~Proverbs 23:12~

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