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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Through July, International: Yes2Chess Opportunity for Alabama Homeschoolers

Hi, I am a former Chess Life Editor - I just published an article in Chess Life for Kids (see p 14 of the December issue).  A further summary of my qualifications can be found here:  http://madisoncitychessleague.weebly.com/contact.html.

International Master Malcolm Pein has asked me to facilitate participation in England's Yes2Chess Challenge (http://yes2chess.org/usa/) by forming an informal umbrella for Alabama homeschool players.

There is no mechanism for homeschool players to participate in tournament matches, but Malcolm has extended an invitation for Alabama homeschool players to register through me for free unlimited online play with other kids around the world. To that end I have registered with Y2C as the Alabama Homeschool Chess Umbrella to accommodate eligible players under age 12 as of 1 January 2015.

There is no deadline, though the challenge ends in July. Between now and then, registered students will have unlimited access to online play with other students from 8 countries.

Please let me know at ddmaddox@hotmail.com if you have eligible players interested in playing online. I will be happy to register them under my Alabama Homeschool Chess Umbrella.

Thank you - I hope together we can enfranchise some players otherwise ineligible for Y2C participation,

Don Maddox