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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.

April 22 - May 1, Huntsville: The Folklife Festival (Looking for Homeschool Volunteers)

The FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL takes place at the Alabama Constitution Village (109 Gates Ave).  It brings history, dancing, music, animals, and arts & crafts together to create a memorable experience for all visitors.  Alabama Constitution Village serves as the backdrop for an exploration of life in the 1800s.  With the exception of 6-8 EarlyWorks staff members, volunteers act as tradespeople, crafters, storytellers, historic characters, musicians, and concession workers.  We welcome volunteers of all ages.  Volunteers under 14 must have an adult with them at all times. Our Folklife Festival this year will be April 22, 23, 24, 30, and May 1 starting at 8:30 am each of those days.  Only on April 24 and May 1 do we have afternoon groups staying until 2 pm.  April 22, 23, and 30 our groups leave by 11:30 am.

Volunteers perform actual jobs such as candle-dipping, cooking, and spinning.  Some demonstrate crafts such as doll-making, quilling, and tin-punching.  We dance, play with period toys, and tend the animals as they would in the 1800s.  Visitors are encouraged to participate.  We can teach and train anyone.  We also have costumes on hand for all ages, but volunteers are welcome to make their own costume if they like.  We have a couple of training dates set already for April 10 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, April 11th from 10 am to 12 pm, and April 17th from 10 am to 12 pm.  We can always have another training day if needed.

I have included a couple of pictures too just to give you an idea of what the tour looks like.  The training dates for this are also during small tours so that new volunteers can watch and get a feel for what they may like to learn and demonstrate.

Thank you again for connecting us with some good volunteers!

Nicole Strickland
EarlyWorks Family of Museums
Membership and Volunteer Coordinator