Do you have school spirit? For most schools, pep rallies are held and cheers shout about why their school is better than another. So, how do homeschoolers show school spirit? For one local homeschool group, the answer came easy when they entered an area radio station’s “School Spirit” contest.
Home Link Learning Center of St. Louis has now not only made it past the first elimination round of votes but is in the home stretch, and is currently teetering between third and fourth place. Your vote could push the group into a solid third place, or as they hope, over the top into the first-place spot at close of voting on Friday, September 27, 2013.
Whichever school is in the Number One spot at the close of day on Friday wins $5,000 in the FM News Talk 97.1 radio School Spirit contest. The contest Is sponsored by Tutor Doctor and Air Comfort Services.
It is much like any other contest that ask schools to compete against each other for a prize. In this case, the prize is $5,000 to go to the winning school to be used for enriching their students' education. What makes this contest different is that it not only allowed homeschooling groups to enter, but it encouraged homeschoolers to sign up for the contest in the first place and to rally their families to vote, just like the other private schools in the final running have been encouraged to do.
To place your vote, click on the 97.1 Talk Spirit link. From there, scroll down to where you see the red Leaderboard Number One foam finger. Sign into Facebook, and start voting. Each voter gets ten votes every hour, and since the contest is all about spirit, it encourages those in the running to ask friends and family members to help out. All you need is a Facebook account to vote.
Your vote has the power to go so much farther than just helping a local homeschool group win a contest. The outcome could change the course of how other contests, across the country, are conducted and whether or not homeschoolers are invited to join in with other public or private schools to win.
Homelink is a learning center sponsored by SHARE and is designed to help homeschoolers. SHARE stands for St. Louis Homeschooling Activities, Resources and Encouragement. Homelink acknowledges that parents are the primary teachers of their students, but comes alongside the family to offer support. According to the SHARE website, Homelink Learning Center offers:
1. To provide supplemental classes in a Christian environment
2. To provide classes with outside accountability for students
3. To provide assistance in those classes which are more difficult to teach
4. To provide an atmosphere for friendships to develop among like-minded teens and their families