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Resource Vendors

GWCHE Hosts a Resource Fair in August where we welcome many area businesses and organizations that offer services to enrich and support our homeschools.

2022 Resource Fair Booth Participants

American Heritage Girls

Christian Scouting Organization for Girls

Baylor String Project

The Baylor University String Project is a unique program that introduces low-cost group string instruction to Waco-area 4th - 12th graders. Students enrolled learn how to read music and play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). In the process, they develop good work habits and improve their ability to collaborate and cooperate in groups. Group instruction and private lessons are available to students with one or more semesters of experience. The BU String Project functions as a training ground for university students enrolled in string music education classes have the opportunity to teach beginning string students from the local community. The practical teaching experience gained in this program has a powerful effect on their preparation for the teaching workforce. Because we use college students in a supervised teaching roles, Baylor is able to offer these music lessons at substantially reduced fees, making the program accessible to all families in the community who wish to participate. Classes meet weekly on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons depending on the level from 4:15 to 5:00 PM in Waco Hall East. Classes rotate between large group and small group instruction. Individual or "buddy" lessons are scheduled by appointment. Students are encouraged to rent their instrument, as string instruments come in fractional sizes and growing students may need to move to a larger instrument as often as every 4-6 months. After the Master Teacher has determined the appropriate size of instrument for each child at the new student / parent meeting, an instrument dealer will be on hand to arrange for rentals. For more information, email [email protected]

Boy Scouts of America, Troop # 453

Boy Scouts of America, Troop #453 Meet at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Monday's at 6:30pm The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. We are boy led and driven by what excites their interests. Our goal is to camp at least once a month with scouts taking responsibility for meals and equipment. Contact Jennifer Maldonado at 254-495-0304 or [email protected] with any questions.

Brazos Valley Co-Op

A Christian organization that meets each Friday, September thru April, and offers affordable academic and enrichment classes for homeschoolers Pre-K – grade 12 such as art, PE, the sciences, choir, writing, Lego education, computer science, music, Spanish, karate, self defense, geography, sign language, and much, much more! BVC is unique in that you may leave your child at co-op during the day and enjoy some time on your own. We have an 27 year tradition of excellence in walking alongside local homeschoolers. Find us online at www.brazosvalleyco-op.com, and email [email protected] with questions.

Cameron Park Zoo

Cameron Park Zoo 1701 North 4th Street Waco, TX 76707 254-750-8415 www.cameronparkzoo.com [email protected] Check out our booth for information regarding Cameron Park Zoo memberships, volunteer opportunities, education programs, birthday parties, and more!

Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair

General information about participating in the 2022 CTSEF.

Challenger Learning Center

The Challenger Learning Center is part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international not-for-profit education organization founded in April 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost during the Challenger space shuttle mission. All programs offered by the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Challenger Learning Center provide meaningful and engaging science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations offers support, equipping, and community for those desiring to home educate in a classical Christian model.

Family Martial Arts of Texas

Family Martial Arts of Texas is the Home of the The Best Martial Arts, Self Defense and Leadership Lessons in Waco, Texas.

Frontier Camp

Frontier Camp is a Christian Summer Camp for kids ages 7-17. Since 1969, Frontier Camp's purpose has been to make disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing God's Word in His creation. Learn more at our website, www.frontiercamp.org, or give us a call at 936-544-3206. We hope to see you at camp!

Gideon International, Waco Gideon Camp.

The Gideon's provide Bibles to reach men, women, boys and girls who do not know Jesus Christ so they may come to a saving knowledge of Him.

Heart of Texas Regional History Fair

The Heart of Texas Regional History Fair (HOTRHF) is a regional affiliate for the Texas History Day and National History Day annual competition. Participation in the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair develops academic, artistic, and social skills that provide lasting benefit to students in all areas of study.

Howard Payne University

A Christian liberal arts institution, Howard Payne University prides itself on fostering a close community where personal connection is valued. Through teaching, learning and service, the faculty and staff truly invest in students’ success. At HPU, students choose from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model UN, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and more than 25 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options. HPU’s eighty-acre, tree-lined campus in Brownwood perches on the northern side of the Texas Hill Country. Off-campus activities include visits to nearby Lake Brownwood. Students who enjoy athletics take part in well-attended intramural sporting competitions. Student athletes at HPU compete in six men’s and six women’s sports through the American Southwest Conference. Call: (325) 649-8020 1-800-880-4478 Text: (325) 400-3459 Address: HPU Admissions 1000 Fisk Street Brownwood, TX 76801 www.hputx.edu

Learning Mentor: Joy Howard Math Tutor

Learning Mentor: Joy Howard Experienced math teacher and homeschool mom offering math tutoring, Math Study Hour (study-hall type class), and homeschool consulting/coaching. Teaching experience includes elementary, middle, high school, and college classrooms, as well as 15 years of tutoring homeschoolers. Trained in working with learning disabilities and specialized in working with math anxiety. Tutoring/private teaching for elementary through Pre-Cal with curriculum of parents' choosing. Contact Joy: [email protected] learningmentor.net www.facebook.com/learningmentortx (includes reviews)

Mayborn Museum, Baylor University

The Mayborn Museum at Baylor University offers the following programming opportunities for children and their families: -Mini Monday- Children 5 and under (the last Monday of each month) 10:00-11:30 -Tinker Tuesday- 10:00-12:00 weekly -Village Wednesdays -10:00-12:00 weekly September-May -Mayborn Connect - Virtual Educational Programs geared toward Pre-K through 8th grade For More Information: Mayborn Museum Complex 1300 S. University Parks Drive Waco, Texas 76706 Website: https://www.baylor.edu/mayborn/ Educational Programs Contact: Melissa Pennington (254) 710-6067 [email protected]

McLennan Community College

Sally Frazier Recruiter Admissions & Recruitment McLennan Community College 1400 College Dr. Waco, TX 76708 P: (254) 299-8620 F: (254) 299-6239 Text me! (254) 523-0596

No Limitations

No Limitations provides free adaptive sports to the special needs community in Central Texas

One Day Academy

One Day Academy - Heart of Texas Region Elizabeth Gonzalez, Regional Director [email protected] 254-426-6280 ODA is a once a week, academic resource for Christian home school families. We are committed to providing excellent teachers and high-quality curriculum to students who love to learn. We are an a la carte institution. We do not assign a schedule to a student. Instead, parents select classes for their children based on need and desire.

Royal Rangers and Girl's Ministries

Royal Rangers and Girl’s Ministries are our Christian-based Pre-K through 12th grade scouting program for raising and discipling our youth. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:15 at Waco First Assembly of God, starting in the gym with ice breakers and pledges and then breaking out into our age-specific classes.

Skate Waco

Roller Skates, Skating Parties, Homes School Skate Days, Private Events, Selection of Stuff Shop options.

Texas Dynasty Cheer and Gymnastics

Texas Dynasty offers parent supervised play groups as well as customized classes for homeschool groups with a private coach. To set up either of these please contact, [email protected] To see a list of our regular evening classes please visit, www.txdynasty.com, or call us at, 254-776-6248.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum’s staff recognizes the importance of offering home school cooperative groups educational programs that promote the values of modern Texas Rangers. Home school cooperative programs are available to groups year-round. Parents and caretakers are encouraged to participate in program activities and discussion. Reservations are required for all groups and must be made at least two weeks in advance. Program availability is limited based on staff availability. Please contact the Education Programs Manager for reservations and more information. Phone Number: 254-750-8631 Email: [email protected] Website: www.TexasRanger.org

Texas State Technical College

Texas State Technical College is a 2-year, SACS Accredited college that teaches hands-on training for Certificates and Associate's Degrees. We have 50 different programs from A-Z; from Aviation, Computer Programming, Biomedical Equipment, to Welding and much more. TSTC is the only 2-year college in the state of Texas that bases its funding on graduates’ employment. In other words, our pay is tied in with your future salary. We have a vested interest in making sure all our graduates end up in high-paying jobs. We also, offer a money-back guarantee for five of our in-demand career options. We take pride in making sure our graduates are job-ready, day one thanks to our industry-experienced instructors and hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment. With 10 locations across the State of Texas and over 50 programs, we would love if you’d come tour TSTC and get a better idea of what we have to offer. For More information please feel free to visit our website or contact us! Tstc.edu Jordan Campbell [email protected] 254-867-4801

The Miller Music Studio

The Miller Music Studio is a local music studio created and run by Lisa Miller. Lisa has 15+ years experience teaching privately, 10+ years experience as band/choir teacher, and would be happy to help with your musical journey! Lesson are available for all levels and abilities of musicians. In person and virtual lessons available for piano, ukulele, flute, clarinet, alto, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba. In person lessons are in your home, so no need to travel around town for lessons! Special discounted pricing option for new students going on now! Lessons are 30 or 60 minutes, once a week, the same time and date each week. For more information or to sign up please visit: www themillermusicstudio.com If you're still unsure or have specific scheduling or other questions please feel free to reach out! Lisa Miller, MS Music Education Call or Text: 585-301-6589 [email protected]

Trail Life USA

Christian Scouting Program for Boys K-12 Bethel Methodist Church in Robinson Sundays at 3:30 pm weekly meetings [email protected]

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Sarah Storey Email: [email protected] Phone: 254-295-5043 Website: https://go.umhb.edu/admissions/home

Vertical Journey Martial Arts

VJMA exists for the purpose of helping people reach a higher personal potential. Our mission is to guide people to become more confident and capable! We strive to provide a platform from which to glorify God and spread His love to the local community. We offer martial arts instruction in a blended form of Taekwondo as well as women's self-defense, summer camps, and other programs.


Our mission is to increase the percentage of college graduates living in McLennan County, and to increase the number of McLennan County students enrolling in college; receiving college scholarships; and completing college. Contact www.mclennancountycap.org, or 254-340-0228 for an appointment or more information.

W. R. Poage Legislative Library/Baylor Collections of Political Material

The Poage Library is home to the Baylor Collections of Political Materials, which include congressional, state, and local political notables. The strength of the BCPM is in its materials focusing on the political process. Our collections offer a wide-range of primary source records from correspondence, bill files, speeches, campaign memorabilia, as well as digital collections. Together, our holdings document government in action through the exchange of elected officials and their constituents. The BCPM is open for research Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Please be sure you contact us at least a day before you arrive, if you are conducting research, at [email protected]

Waco Homeschool Chess Club

The Waco Homeschool Chess Club meets twice a month to play chess. We meet 7:15pm-8:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at Crestview Church of Christ. All homeschoolers (K-12) are welcome to attend the meetings. We have all skill levels of players (from beginners to tournament players), and we are happy to teach anyone how to play! For questions contact: [email protected]

Waco-McLennan County Library

The Waco-McLennan County Library connects individuals to quality and diverse resources for education, information, and recreation. This includes great events that are free to the public, access to computers and Wifi and, of course, great books to read!

World Hunger Relief, Inc.

World Hunger Relief, Inc. 254-799-5611 www.worldhungerrelief.org WHRI is an active 40-acre farm in Waco that offers opportunities for local youth and adults to experience life on a farm, as well as explore the natural world and topics related to agriculture through engaging tours and lessons. For more information and tour bookings check out our website or email us at [email protected]

Youth Chorus of Central Texas

Youth Chorus of Central Texas promotes music literacy and excellence in vocal artistry through the preparation and performance of choral music. Membership is by audition and includes male and female singers from grades 3-12 representing the diverse communities of Central Texas. "Bridging Our CommUNITY Through Song!"