Christian Home Educator’s Fellowship will host its first Home School Fair from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Second Baptist Church at 701 Polk St. in Conway.

"If they are interested in doing homeschooling, come see what community homeschooling has to offer, and what CHEF has to offer," said Valerie Land, event coordinator for the organization.

Land said about 800 children are homeschooled in Faulkner County and many of those are not involved in a homeschool community.

"We don’t want people to feel alone doing this," Land said. "I feel like it’s important that this large and growing community of homeschoolers feel like they have somebody to connect with."

Land homeschools her daughters, one in kindergarten and another in the third-fourth grade. She said when she started, she didn’t know what resources were available. The fair is meant to bring together different venders and people who are considering homeschooling so that people can see what activities, networks and education resources are out there, Land said.

The fair will include a kid’s concert and martial arts demonstration and a vendor showcase, according to the brochure.

CHEF, a nonprofit organization for home schooling families in Faulkner and surrounding counties, has a membership of about 160, Land said. The organization offers activities, such as gymnastics and debate club, for children and has annual events, including a Christmas Party, according the brochure.

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