From the article, “Homeschooling group makes time for student socialization,” by Alaina Busch, which ran in the Southeast Missourian on Sunday, September 20, 2009:
Traditionally, socialization has been a point of controversy for parents who homeschool their children, said Misty Arthur, a member of the Southeast Missouri Homeschoolers Association.
“When people homeschool, people are harassing them constantly about socialization,” she said.
When Arthur, Misti Laws and three other women formed the organizing board for the association, they started planning classes to provide more education in subjects like art, physical education and music.
Laws said she would have been content to start with just the five families. Arthur said she initially expected 30 to 40 children. Each Friday, more than 115 students flood into Mount Auburn Christian Church for the classes, which started Sept. 4. Some families come from as far away as Farmington, Marble Hill and Southern Illinois, she said.
“We didn’t know we’d blow up like this,” Arthur said.
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