Despite the number of homeschoolers increasing annually, many myths surrounding homeschooling still exist. Over the next few months I will tackle misconceptions in a series called “Homeschool Myth Busters.”

Myth: Homeschoolers don’t get to participate in clubs and honor societies.

Fact: Blount Home Education Association students enjoy membership in a variety of clubs, teams, and academic organizations.

One of the common misconceptions about homeschooling is that homeschooled students miss opportunities to participate in clubs that are traditionally offered in school. This could not be further from the truth. At Blount Home Education Association (BHEA), members of all ages participate in clubs and academic organizations spanning a variety of interests from the great outdoors to the arts to academics.

BHEA sponsors the Beta Gamma chapter of Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Honor Society. High school students with qualifying national test scores (ACT, SAT, PSAT) are invited to join the honor society which conducts annual service projects and provides leadership opportunities.

Student Council, comprised of high school students from ninth through 12th grade, is responsible for planning and overseeing teen events throughout the school year, including dances, monthly get togethers, and spring formal. Last month Student Council sponsored the Back to School Dance at Louisville Town Center, with over 120 students in attendance. Kyla Jernigan, BHEA junior and student council member, said, “I enjoy student council because it gives me a voice in what the teens do and I get to participate with my friends.”

The BHEA yearbook offers budding journalists a chance to help document the school year. Senior Brynna Phagan, who has been on yearbook staff for multiple years, had this to say about the experience, “In yearbook we get to take photos, design pages, and sell the completed books. I love being on yearbook staff because it offers the opportunity to learn about photography, design, journalism, and marketing.”

While many clubs are for teens, American Heritage Girls Troop 131 and Cub Scout Pack 422 offer opportunities for kids as young as kindergarten. Boy Scout Troop 442 most recently helped veterans at McGhee Tyson Airport to their Honor Air Flight to Washington, D.C.

BHEA hosts two very active 4-H chapters. Members participate in service projects, field trips, and STEM-related competitions such as National Youth Science Day, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, and Ethics Bowl.

For teens who love Japanese anime and manga, Anime Club fits the bill. According to the president of the club, Noah Smith, “The Anime Club meets once or twice a month to watch anime and play games. We also attend local conventions and hold anime-themed events.”

BHEA’s Drama Club is for high school students who are interested in theater. Members work on everything from head shots and theatrical resumes, to monologues, cold reading and improv skills for auditions.

The Hiking Club connects families who enjoy the great outdoors. Members plan hikes to accommodate various ages and abilities.

These are just a few of the clubs offered through BHEA. No matter what your age or interest, BHEA clubs provide students opportunities to learn leadership skills, expand their talents and make friends.

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