Online homeschoolers hosting World Block Party

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Utah Online School is hosting a community event held at the Whittier Community Center on Monday, April 22 form 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event, titled World Block Party, will feature games and activities that highlight the demographics of the world’s population.

Mindee Taylor, a teacher with Utah Online School, described the World Block Party as, “a fun and engaging way to learn more about people all around the world.”

The Millville Culture Club is co-hosting Monday’s event. Steffanie Casperson, president of MCC and event organizer said, “Our Culture Club has been studying the countries and cultures all around the world for four years. I thought Earth Day would be the perfect opportunity to get the bigger picture – like a giant snapshot of the people living on Earth right now.”

Activities will include international music, dancing, games, and a reenactment of the word’s population as if it were a village of 100 people.

“We hope it will be fun for every age,” Casperson said. “There are things for toddlers to grandparents to enjoy.”

Though all members of the public are invited, due to the event’s scheduling, Taylor anticipates most school-aged children in attendance will be homeschooled.

“This is Utah Online School’s 8th or 9th event this year for homeschooled children in the Cache area. We’ve been to performances at the Eccles, toured local businesses, and enjoyed parties at the Fun Park.

“These are great activities, not only for fun and learning, but they help build relationships in our homeschool community.” Taylor adds, “Some of what we’ve done, we’ve only been able to invite UOS students due to limited spacing. We’re very excited to open the World Block Party up to everyone – anyone who is currently homeschooling, anyone who is thinking about it, and everyone in the community who would like to come have fun and learn with us.”

Homeschooling is a trend on the rise nationally and in Utah.

“I think parents used to wonder if their children would miss out on opportunities if they taught them at home,” says Casperson, a homeschooling mother of four. “Now, with large class sizes and tighter budgets in education, more parents are feeling there might be more opportunities for learning outside of the traditional public school. In our family’s case, that has certainly been true.”

Utah Online School currently has 1100 students enrolled throughout Utah. Taylor is over 50 students, covering the Cache Valley area.

For further information contact: Mindee Taylor at 435.881.4896 or email <a href=”mailto:mtaylor@washonline.org”>mtaylor@washonline.org</a> or Steffanie Casperson, 435.754.7288 or email <a href=”mailto:steffaniecasperson@yahoo.com”>steffaniecasperson@yahoo.com</a>

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