About 30 years ago, in Richmond a new home educating community was growing and flourishing. Book fairs, field trips, arts events, sports clubs, park days, spelling and geography bees, parent workshops, support groups, and academic co-ops were popping up all over the metro area. There was even a group of parents who organized a lovely homeschool graduation ceremony every spring.
Someone needed to collect all that information and make it available to support group leaders and individual families. So that’s exactly what the early mission of RRHE was. In those days before the Internet, support groups relied on paper newsletters, typed on a home PC, copied at an office supply store, and then snail-mailed to members’ homes.
For years that system worked well. Then the Internet came along, and RRHE’s newsletter morphed into an online discussion forum, providing a place for groups and individuals to connect and communicate. Many local support groups were starting their own forums, email loops, Yahoo! Groups, and websites. RRHE continued to provide those discussion forums, the high school graduation ceremonies, and an annual book fair for homeschoolers to find the information, activities, and used curriculum they needed.