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FREE Intro to Homeschooling Seminars Presented Around the State – Open to the Public


All Areas are holding seminars on February 18, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm unless otherwise noted at these locations:

Ephrata – NOTE TIME 5:30pm to 7:30pm – This location only!
Ephrata Public Library
45 Alder NW
Ephrata WA 98823

Federal Way – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
34200 1st Way S.
Federal Way, WA 98003

Kirkland – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Kirkland Library
308 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, WA 98033

Richland –  March 3 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm – NOTE DATE
Richland Public Library –Conference Rm. B
955 Northgate Drive
Richland, WA 99352

Spokane – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Otis Orchard Branch of the Spokane County Public Library
22324 E Wellesley Ave
Otis Orchards, WA  99027

University Place – NOTE START TIME –  7:00pm – this location only
University Place  Public Library
3609 Market Place W.  Suite 100
University Place, WA 98466

Wenatchee – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1550 Sunset Hwy.
East Wenatchee, WA  98802

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2016 Emmett Comer Scholarship Packet Deadline to Apply
March 31, 2016

College Scholarship Opportunity for Washington Homeschoolers

Washington Homeschool Organization is pleased to provide the  Emmett Comer College Scholarship for Washington State Homeschoolers. This scholarship competition is perfect for your family.

It’s money for College

If your homeschooled student intends to go to college, they could win up to $1,000, thanks to Washington Homeschool Organization.

It’s perfect for you

The Emmett Comer Scholarship is for members of WHO that have filed a Declaration of Intent to Homeschool and are graduating in 2015. We recognize that many homeschoolers utilize Running Start in high school, so providing the Declaration of Intent for the year prior to Running Start is just fine.

It values every teaching style

The scholarship understands that every homeschool is unique. Just submit your parent-made homeschool transcript or other homeschool record.

It’s easy to apply

The student needs to submit a brief essay on the benefits of homeschooling. The parents submit the student’s transcript or homeschool record. The family completes a very short application form.

Emmett Comer Scholarship Packet – 2016 – Deadline to Apply – March 31, 2016

Washington State Fair Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to a generous community, our scholarship program is expanding. The following are scholarships for which homeschool
students may be eligible. Please help us share this information and encourage students to apply. *Note: the first application deadline is February 12, 2016.

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WHO’s Cruisin’!

Join the Washington Homeschool Organization for the first annual cruisin’ for a cause event. This cruise will raise $50 per cabin to help support the mission of homeschooling in Washington State.

We are cruising to a place where space is measured not in feet or in miles, but in endless horizons; a place where nature is powerful and dramatic…ALASKA! Join us aboard the Norwegian Jewel for this cruise experience for the whole family.

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The Colonial Dames of Washington is pleased to offer scholarships to teachers of history and social studies, grades 5 – 12.  Please access our website for the application and information regarding the four scholarships available.  The deadline to return the application is April 3, 2016.

Letters About Literature Contest

A contest that encourages young readers to write a letter to the author of a book that changed their view of the world or themselves. The contest is open to students in grades 4-12 and I would like to advertise it to homeschoolers and encourage them to participate.

Information about the contest, including a link to the guidelines and entry form, is available on the “Letters About Literature 2016” page of the Washington State Library’s website here:

 Pacific Lamprey Geocache Adventure

Ready for an educational adventure? Get the kids outdoors to learn about the Pacific Lamprey, one of the world’s oldest and most interesting fish! They can explore nature and learn to navigate using GPS at the same time with the Pacific Lamprey Geocache Adventure. Several hand-carved juvenile Pacific Lampreys are migrating from geocache site to site by way of human helpers, “swimming” along their rivers to eventually arrive at the Pacific Ocean. One was just released in Idaho and will be headed along the Snake toward the Columbia River ( Another just started in the Yakima Basin and wants to travel along the Columbia ( The third has made its way to the ocean and is ready to migrate back upstream along the Columbia and Willamette ( Can you find one of these cuties and help it on its way?

This is a project of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information, see or contact Rebecca Smith at

Help Homeless Shelter Cats!

Purrfect Pals is a no-kill cat shelter and sanctuary in Arlington and has more than a dozen off-site adoption sites in partner pet stores in the Puget Sound area.

We need volunteers to come in for two hours once a week to clean cubbies, scoop litter pans, refresh water and food, play with cats, and talk to visitors. It’s a great way to learn more about animals, about having a “job,” about being responsible, and about giving back to your community.

Teen/parent teams are welcome at all of our locations and teens 16 and older are welcome at our Petco stores. We have off-site programs in:

Seattle/North Aurora

We also need foster homes for raising kittens and caring for sick cats. For more information and a link to our online application, please visit our web page at and click on Foster Volunteer.

Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)

Our leadership, mentorship and arts programs for girls are low-cost or free and would be a great addition to any homeschool curriculum. One particular program which might be of interest to the youth and families you work with is our theater intensive program called Y-WE Speak. Girls get to see professional shows at the Seattle Rep, take theater workshops, and ultimately create and perform a show of their own on the Rep stage. You can read more about this program at:

I wanted to let you and your staff know that Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) is offering two free sample events at Seattle Rep for ANY girl (ages 12+) who wants to see a free professional show, take a free amazing workshop, and learn about the programs Y-WE offers. Girls do not have to sign up for Y-WE if they attend and they will not be heavily recruited. It’s just an opportunity for them to check it out and for us to spread the love and resources we have to offer with the greater community! Some other youth orgs are bringing groups of their girls as a field trip. If you know girls or staff who would like to attend, please pass this event link along to them:

I would be happy to reach out directly to theater teachers and anyone else within the school whom you think would be a good contact for this opportunity.

Pierce College Science Dome

The Science dome is an immersive and interactive 38’ dome-shaped screen that allows you to; view the night sky from anywhere in the known universe on a butty day, be immersed in an alien environment with breathtaking full-dome images, explore the Egyptian pyramids, fly through the human body and so much more. For more information, check out the website:

Pacific Science Center WetLab Academy Seminars/Workshops

Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, Washington, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Our award winning, Gold LEED® certified facility offers classrooms, wetlabs, a tree house, Visitor Center and hiking trails that all highlight the beauty of the surrounding wetland.

Wet Lab Academy

High school students have the opportunity to step away from the traditional high school chemistry curriculum at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. Utilizing our state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment, students perform scientific investigations taking advantage of the living laboratory of the Mercer Slough Nature Park.

The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is located at 1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. To register call (206) 443-2925. For updated schedule information visit or email questions to

Volunteer Options for Home Schooling Youth 16 and Over

More than half of all kindergartners in our state are entering school without the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills they need to be successful. Research shows that those who start behind often stay behind. The good news is that reading with kids on a regular basis can make a real difference. That’s why we are inviting you to become a Volunteer Reader for United Way of King County.

We’re looking for friendly, responsible people to read with young kids—one-on-one (not group reading)—at select sites throughout King County. Volunteers are needed during weekday daytime hours, and need to be at least 16 years old. By committing to read 1 hour a week for a minimum of six months, you can have a profound impact on the lives and outcomes of young children in our community.

For more information including sites and shift times go to or call 206.461.3700.

Looking for other volunteer opportunities?

You can find this and thousands of other volunteer opportunities on the United Way of King County Volunteer Center website: You can tailor your search by the age range of the volunteer.