Our Mission Statement "It is the purpose of White River Christian Home Educators to provide homeschooling families opportunities for social and academic enrichment through cooperative activities that will reflect the values and principles of our statement of faith."
Please explore the topics below to learn more about the WRC.
Our Statement of Faith
God is the one and only true God, yet He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator, so everything belongs to Him and is under His control. God is holy, righteous, majestic, and loving. God is all knowing and purposeful, so He is at work to bring about His will. No person, thing, or idea compares to God.
About the Scriptures:
God reveals Himself to us through the Bible, and it is 100% accurate, reliable, and authoritative.
People are made in God’s image and for His pleasure. Everybody falls short of God’s intention for people. In other words, everyone has sinned. As a result, we are all separated from Him, even though He wants an intimate relationship with each of us.
That’s why Jesus – God’s Son – came and lived on this earth, died, and rose again. God offers His free gift of salvation to all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior – the only way to be forgiven and reconciled to God. Anyone who accepts this gift is adopted as a son or daughter into God’s family and will live with Him forever in heaven.
This group is NOT a drop-off co-op. If you need to leave the building for any reason, you will need to sign out at the WRC Information table and leave your child(ren) in the care of another adult in the building while you are gone. There MUST be a responsible adult for each child in the building at all times.
When we are in the building, we must remember to respect the facility at all times, and make sure that we leave the building very neat and clean at the end of each Monday. There will be assigned jobs to facilitate this but we request that every member be good stewards of the building by picking up trash, cleaning up after yourselves, etc.
Any damage done to the building will be the sole responsibility of the parent(s) of the child or children who caused the damage.
We are required at the end of the day to leave each room set up as it was when we arrived. The last teacher in that room for the day should enlist the help of parents and students to make sure the room is set up according to the instructions. If you have any needs, questions, or concerns about the building, please contact the co-op Board of Directors. Please do not contact the custodians or the church office.
Please do not call the facility for any reason in regards to WRC. We are renters. If you need to contact someone about WRC, please call one of the Board of Directors. Their contact information can be found on your contact sheet or on the forum.
WRC has placed boundary “Stop Signs” throughout the building. Since we do not have the use of the entire building on Monday, we must stay in the designated areas that we are renting. When you see a “Stop” sign, that means you are not allowed to proceed past that point. Please make sure your children are aware of these signs and their meaning. Please see the map in your information packet which shows the rooms and areas we are allowed to use.
During co-op, children up through 10 years of age must be in a class, or with an adult, unless it is a passing period between classes.
Ages 11 and up must be in approved areas at all times throughout the day.
There will be absolutely no running around, horseplay, or loud voices in the hallways in respect to the WRC classes that are meeting, and in respect to other groups that may be using the building for meetings, etc. This is extremely important and will be enforced.
For safety reasons, Heelies (shoes with wheels on them) are not to be worn at WRC.
Please do not use any of the facility’s art supplies or materials. Use only those materials that our co-op provides. WRC members will use the parking lot and entrance on the rear of the building at all times.
The facility has provided televisions in many classrooms. They require that all technical equipment be used with the utmost care and by adults and older teens only.
During a class or activity, the teacher or leader has the responsibility to maintain discipline in the classroom. This will be done verbally or by separation from the group to another place in the room. If a child continues to disrupt a class, however, they will be sent to their parent.
We are here to work together. Please focus on cooperation and grace as we all strive to meet the needs of our children through our co-op. If problems arise within a classroom, please address them to the teacher. If problems arise outside of the classroom, please speak with the parent(s) involved. If issues cannot be resolved in this manner, then please contact the Board of Directors. We are here as a family to serve one another. Communicating with the parties involved is vital to a healthy relationship. Gossip and ill-will only tear us down. We are here to love and care for one another.
If you have any questions, please see a member of the WRC Board of Directors. Thank you.
By-Laws of White River Christian Home Educators Revised April 2014 Article I: Name and Charter
A. The name of the organization shall be White River Christian Home Educators (hereafter referred to in this document as WRC).
B. WRC shall be a non-profit Christian cooperative of homeschooling families.
Article II: Purposes and Principles
A. White River Christian Home Educators (WRC) exists to encourage, support, and build up a community of Christian homeschool families. WRC is a source where members can find information, both practical and spiritual, to assist them in their commitment to homeschooling with a Christian worldview.
1. WRC will function under Judeo-Christian values. All Classes and activities will reflect Christian, conservative values. Special volunteers and all members of Leadership will be required to sign our “Statement Of Faith”
About God: God is the one and only true God, yet He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator, so everything belongs to Him and is under His control. God is holy, righteous, majestic, and loving. God is all knowing and purposeful, so He is at work to bring about His will. No person, thing, or idea compares to God.
About the Scriptures: God reveals Himself to us through the Bible, and it is 100% accurate, reliable, and authoritative.
About People: People are made in God’s image and for His pleasure. Everybody falls short of God’s intention for people. In other words, everyone has sinned. As a result, we are all separated from Him, even though He wants an intimate relationship with each of us.
About Salvation: That’s why Jesus – God’s Son – came and lived on this earth, died, and rose again. God offers His free gift of salvation to all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior – the only way to be forgiven and reconciled to God. Anyone who accepts this gift is adopted as a son or daughter into God’s family and will live with Him forever in heaven.
I, ____________________________________________, have accepted this gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, God’s son, and have made a commitment to Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
2. Participation is open to all homeschoolers, regardless of race or religion, who adhere to and respect the various rules described in the documents listed in Article III, as well as any subsequent clarifications, updates, or modifications of these and other policies as communicated by the Board.
3. Parents are solely responsible for their child(ren) at all WRC activities. A parent, or designated adult, must be with the child(ren) at all activities.
4. All families participating in WRC activities will be required to sign the Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, Indemnity Agreement. Attendance at a WRC-sponsored activity implies the family’s consent to comply with these policies.
Article III: Membership
A. Any homeschooling family in agreement with WRC’s principles and purposes may become a member of WRC by completing and signing the Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement, Code of Conduct, Conciliation Clause, Adult Accountability Form, & the Affirmation Form of having read and agreeing to the By-Laws, Guidelines and Policies & all aforementioned documents, and paying membership fees.
B. The Board of Directors of WRC, by majority vote, may revoke the membership of any homeschooling family who engages in activities contrary to the “WRC Guidelines and Policies Agreement.”
C. Members are considered active and eligible to vote and become a special volunteer after completing one full semester of co-op with parental participation, and when all fees are current.
D. If your family must leave WRC for a period of time, you may keep an “inactive member” status by paying the organizational fee for each semester that you are unable to attend co-op, with a maximum of two consecutive semesters starting as of the Fall 2009 semester.
Article IV: General Meetings
A. Quarterly meetings will be regularly scheduled by the board. The president, or board member approved by the president, will announce the time and place via e-mail at least one week prior to the meeting.
B. Special meetings may be called by any board member with approval by a majority of the board.
C. Special meetings should be scheduled and announced to members via e-mail at least a week prior to the meeting, except in emergencies. An emergency will be determined by a ¾ vote of the board.
D. Each active family shall have one vote on each issue presented to the membership. For the fall semester of 2006, active members will be considered those who attended one of the two charter meetings held on 8-16-06 or 8-24-06, and are actively participating in activities.
E. A quorum for any meeting will be 40% of active members, and will be necessary for the transaction of any business at the meeting. See Article 3-C.
F. Absentee voting is not permitted.
Article V: Board of Directors
A. Major decisions involving WRC will be made by active members at meetings. However, the day-to-day decisions that require immediate or quick response will be decided by the board.
B. The board will be comprised of five members: a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The 4 aforementioned officers shall then appoint the 5th board member known as the Registered Agent.
C. Anyone who has been an active member of WRC for one or more years may be an officer of WRC. This does not apply to the initial Board of Directors.
D. Prospective new board members will be nominated by a majority vote of the board. They will be elected by a majority vote of active members (see Article 3-C) at the February quarterly meeting. There must be at least 40% of active members present in order for the vote to be taken. Members are encouraged to bring nomination suggestions to the WRC Board of Directors prior to the February meeting.
1. In the event that a 40% quorum is not met at the February quarterly meeting, those present at the meeting will vote. Voting will continue at the next Monday co-op by those who were not present at the meeting, with each family getting only one vote.
2. For the purpose of assimilating the new board members-elect, they will participate and sit on the Board of Directors in a non-voting, introductory capacity beginning on the first co-op day in March, until the outgoing board members have completed their elected terms. The end of the outgoing board members’ terms will be the last day of the second semester of co-op. At this time, the incoming officers will take on the full responsibility of their positions.
1. Each board member will serve a term of two years, but may be elected for no more than two consecutive terms. In the event that a board member cannot complete his/her term, the board will appoint an interim replacement to fulfill the remainder of the term. If the president is unable to complete his/her term, the vice-president will finish the president’s term, and a new vice-president will be appointed by the board to fulfill the vice-president’s term.
2. The office of vice-president will come up for election each calendar year. The vice-president will serve one year in this position, and then move up to the position of president the following year. The vice-president will be elected with all of the WRC membership realizing that he/she will become the president in the next calendar year. However, the vice-president will only move up to the office of president if the current board of directors and the president emeritus agree that he/she should move up to that position.
3. The office of treasurer will come up for election in even-numbered calendar years. The office of secretary will come up for election in odd-numbered calendar years.
4. The office of Registered Agent shall remain indefinite until they can no longer serve in this capacity or the board members may appoint a new Registered Agent at any time they feel it is necessary.
F. Any decisions made by the board require a simple majority vote unless stated otherwise in the by-laws.
G. A board member may be removed from office for gross negligence of duties, or for engaging in activities contrary to the “WRC Guidelines and Policies Agreement.” This action shall occur by unanimous agreement of the remaining board members and the president-emeritus, and shall be handled discreetly.
H. Officers and their duties:
President: preside at meetings, manage and supervise affairs of WRC, and fill in for other members in their absence
Vice- President: supervise outreach and fundraising and perform duties of the president in the absence of the president, coordinate volunteer duties
Secretary: keep minutes, keep members current on properly signed documentation, keep updated calendars and directories, be a building liaison to any Lessor, provide new members’ information folders.
Treasurer: manage all financial aspects of WRC and submit financial statements on a regular basis, communicate with the Registered Agent and/or CPA to help complete any government documentation.
Registered Agent: This office is established for the sole purpose of keeping important documentation current at the State and Federal levels. The Registered Agent shall attend board meetings only when necessary to communicate about our organization’s status as a non-profit domestic corporation, and will work with the Treasurer and/or a CPA in matters regarding the filing of such required documentation. The Registered Agent is a non-voting board member.
I. The president emeritus, at the completion of his/her entire terms shall remain involved with the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity. Since this is not a voting position, the president emeritus will cast a vote when there is a tie, or in the case of the removal of a board member. For 2006-2008, the liaison will serve as the president-emeritus.
Article VI: Advisory Committee
A. The advisory committee will function in the capacity of assisting the board with advice, direction, counsel, and accountability if one or more of the board members deem it necessary to seek such assistance. The Advisory Committee will not be held liable for any decision made by the board.
B. The advisory committee will consist of the following:
1. President emeritus
2. 4 other members who will be appointed by 3/4th vote of the board and ratified by 3/4th of active members agreeing in a meeting when a quorum is met. The requirements of the 4 other members are as follows:
a) Member of the original transitional advisory committee. If no one is available from the original transitional advisory committee, then b.
b) Charter member. If no one is available from the charter members, then c.
c) Member who has been active since the beginning of WRC. If no one is available from the members who have been active since the beginning of WRC, then d.
d) Member who has been active for 5 or more years
Article VII: Conciliation Clause
A. The Conciliation Clause was made an official part of the by-laws by a unanimous vote on April 24, 2012. The clause will need to be signed by each member before registering for activities in the fall.
B. The Clause states: The parties of this agreement are Christians and believe that the Bible commands them to make every effort to live at peace and to resolve disputes with each other in private or within the Christian church (see Matthew 18: 15-20, 1 Corinthians 6: 1-8). Therefore, the parties agree that any claim or dispute arising from or related to this agreement shall be settled by biblically-based mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries (complete text of the Rules is available at 222.HisPeace.org). Judgment upon an arbitration decision may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. The parties understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement and expressly waive their right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision.
C. In addition, if mediation fees would occur, those fees would be equally paid by the parties involved, not White River Christian Home Educators. In the event that mediation is unsuccessful and the disputing parties move onto arbitration into a court of law, the losing party shall bear the expenses of both parties in the case.
Article VIII: Miscellaneous
A. There shall be no monetary remuneration to any members for any work associated with WRC. Expenses shall be reimbursed as determined by the board. Outside Contractors who are not members of WRC may charge participants for certain activities. The activity and any fees must be approved by the board.
B. Activity coordinators will serve in a given position no more than two years. They will hold at least one meeting per semester with the parents of their respective age group to discuss scheduling for the up-coming semester. Activity Coordinators will be appointed by the Board of Directors.
Guidelines & Policies
Adopted 2006 and Revised 10/2018 MISSION STATEMENT:
It is the purpose of White River Christian Home Educators to provide homeschooling families opportunities for social and academic enrichment through cooperative activities that will reflect the values and principles of our statement of faith.
A child can participate in classes at WRC if his parent/guardian attends with him and is an active member of WRC and is an active participant (attending 9 out of 12 weeks per semester.)
Since this is a cooperative effort, all parents are expected to volunteer in some capacity. Every parent should be teaching, leading, assisting in classes, or doing other jobs assigned by the board to help keep the co-op running smoothly and the building clean.
Parent participation in quarterly business meetings and planning meetings is extremely vital to the development of our group and is expected. The quarterly meeting is a time when questions, suggestions, and concerns can be brought before The Board of Directors and the members of the co-op. Coordinators need input from all parents at planning meetings so the co-op can offer class schedules that are useful and well-rounded. The meetings are a time of great fellowship and renewal, too!
The building usage fee (which includes rent and paper products) is $15 per child per semester (ages 2 and up). The WRC organizational fee is $30 per family per semester. These fees are set according to the yearly budget and announced by the WRC Board.
Teachers may ask for a nominal fee to cover supplies and materials for a particular class. Parents will be responsible for the cost of any additional books or supplies that may be requested by the teacher.
All fees are to be paid at registration unless specific arrangements have been made with the treasurer prior to registration.
The WRC website, wrche.org has general information about the co-op.
The forum, wrche.org/forum, is for members to communicate announcements and class information, ask questions, and post general homeschooling information. This is not a forum for frustrations and complaints. Please address these types of issues to the parties involved. Any offenses may result in moderation.
If Anderson Community Schools are cancelled because of weather, WRC will not meet either. If Anderson Community Schools are on a delay, WRC will begin on time.
Please do not bring sick children to co-op if any of the following conditions apply:
A fever of 100 degrees or more in the past 24 hours
Any contagious conditions
Lice (must be clear of lice for one week)
Green nasal discharge
For co-op to run smoothly, parents need to fulfill their weekly responsibilities. Please be on time, especially when you are teaching or helping in a classroom.
A teacher who must miss class should make arrangements for a substitute to teach the class and notify the coordinator for that age group.
A member who must be absent should trade weeks or jobs to make sure that all recess duties and job responsibilities are covered and notify the vice-president of those changes.
Active members are encouraged to teach classes. (See the WRC By-Laws, Article III. Section C for a definition of “active member.”) All teachers and co-teachers will be required to sign the “WRC Statement of Faith.” (See the WRC By-Laws, Article II. Section B-1.)
Teachers of academic classes must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school. Any non-parent wanting to teach a class needs to have the approval of the board.
Class coordinators for each age group are responsible for planning the schedules. Class ideas should be presented to the coordinator for consideration. Any changes to the class schedule, such as changing the teacher, the room, or the time, should be arranged through the coordinators.
Students should register for classes within their own age group. If a student needs to register for a class in a different age group, the parent should contact the teacher to get permission. If the teacher agrees, the parent should notify the class coordinator. A parent registering a student for a class in a younger age group may do so at her own registration time. A parent registering a student for a class in an older age group will need to wait until the end of registration and then may register if there is room.
FIELD TRIPS AND OTHER OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES HELD OUTSIDE OF MONDAY:
All WRC affiliated field trips, presentations, plays, and events must be approved by the WRC Board of Directors. If you are planning something that will have the WRC name attached to it, you must contact the board before proceeding. The board will review and approve the event, and then work with the teacher/planner of the particular event if needed, as in the case of a talent show where many acts would need approval.
Teachers at WRC may wish to provide field trip experiences. If the field trip is part of a WRC class, a permission slip will be required for insurance purposes. However, if you decide to put together a field trip that is not part of WRC, permission slips are not required. These would be considered personal field trips and not covered by WRC insurance.
WRC should be a place where children learn in a safe, loving environment. Parents should be examples of kindness, gentleness, patience, truthfulness, and humility in the way that we work together and communicate. Disagreements should be handled with respect and love. Children should be kind to one another.
Bullying, either verbally or physically, is not permitted. A parent who notices this type of behavior among the students should communicate with the student and the parents. Parents should correct the behavior. If the behavior is serious or ongoing, the board should be notified so they can address the issue.
During a class or activity, the teacher or leader has the responsibility to maintain discipline in the classroom. First Offense: verbal correction. Second Offense: Talk to the parent. Third Offense: Ask the parent to come in to supervise their child or the child cannot remain in the class that day. Fourth Offense: The student may not attend the class for one week and the teacher must report this to the parent and the board. Fifth Offense: Remove the student from the class for the rest of the semester and notify the parent and the board. If the child’s behavior is harmful or threatening to the teacher or other students, or if the child destroys property, go immediately to the Fourth Offense.
As a Christian co-op, we must dress in a manner that honors God and shows respect to others. We ask that all students and parents be modest and conservative in their dress (i.e. proper use of undergarments, no mini-skirts, no short shorts, no clothing that exposes large areas of skin on the stomach and/or back, no clothing that promotes violence or adult themes, etc.). We are having school, and an atmosphere of academic learning must be present. Please make sure your whole family is aware of these expectations before deciding to enroll in a class, as these guidelines will be enforced. We also respectfully ask that you follow these same guidelines during field trips and other co-op activities.
Out of courtesy to our membership, nursing mothers are asked to be discreet while nursing by either covering or removing themselves to a private place such as the nursery.
Students are not permitted to bring weapons of any sort to co-op. Teachers that ask or permit students to bring an item that could be considered a weapon to class for a demonstration must get special permission from the board before the student enters the building with the item. A child who brings a weapon to co-op will meet with the board to determine the consequences, which could include expulsion.
If a situation involves immediate danger to others, authorities will be called.