News | For Immediate Release
January 24, 2020
For more information, contact:
Rasheeda Denning, Community EXPO 2020 Coordinator
Communityexpo2@gmail.com | (386) 837-6270
Event to feature homeschooling & community workshops, youth entrepreneurship, food trucks, children’s activities, and more
DELAND (Jan. 24, 2020) – Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc. and Brilliant Minds 4-H Club will celebrate National School Choice Week by hosting Community EXPO 2020, a place for homeschooling families and community members to network, attend education workshops, and connect with organizations, college representatives, and community resources. The EXPO will feature an array of vendors, as well as youth-run business initiatives and children’s activities. This event will also include a Silent Auction.
The Community EXPO event is free and open to the public and will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Sanborn Center, located at 815 S. Alabama Ave. DeLand, FL 32724
Workshop Presenters include Microsoft, Lorraine Tomic and Laverne Forbes of The Homeschool Advantage; motivational speaker and wellness activist Belinda W. Windbish; Nance Confer of Florida Unschoolers; author and spiritual healer Rev.Daya Devi-Doolin; genealogy instructor Adrienne Jenkins Hunt; Stephanie Love of Step Up for Students, and Jacksonville based dance, drum, and performance troupe Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble.
This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2020, which will feature more than 50,000 school choice events across all 50 states.
“If our focus seems broad and far reaching-that's because it is!” said Rasheeda Denning, president of Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc. “We don't just see the homeschooled child. We see the whole family unit and we have a passion for uplifting and supporting the family as a whole in whatever need they require. We have the Community EXPO annually during National School Choice Week to celebrate our decision to homeschool our children, to celebrate with our community in whatever school choice decisions they have made, and to be a landing point for resources and information based on the needs of our communities.”
Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc. has been serving the Greater Central Florida homeschool community since 2009, providing support, classes, field trips, and learning opportunities for homeschooled students in grades pre-K to 12 and their families.
Brilliant Minds 4-H Club is a Homeschool Club, established in 2015 under the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Volusia County 4-H Program. Both organizations partner throughout the year to expand learning experiences for the youth they serve.
Community Expo 2020’s sponsors include Tower Garden by Juice Plus+,
Charleston Southern University, Charmazing Life Planners, Priority Credit Union,
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 295 JATC, a Caregivers Dream a Caregivers
Support, Division of Aunt Sarah's Travel Planners, Publix Super Markets
Charities, AdventHealth Fish Memorial, Balloon Entertainment Event Planning,
and Hannah Watkins with Aparo-Griffin Properties.
1. Tower Garden (Sponsor)
2. Charleston Southern University (Sponsor)
3. Charmazing Life Planners (Sponsor)
4. Priority Credit Union(Sponsor)
5. a Caregivers Dream a Caregivers Support, Division of Aunt Sarah's Travel Planners
6. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 295 JATC (Sponsor)
7. AdventHealth Fish Memorial (Sponsor)
8. Volusia County Public Library
9. Volusia County 4-H
10. Lyonia Environmental Center
12. DeLand Lions Club
13. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bear Management
14. Daytona State College Science Club, Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)
15. Florida Unschoolers
16. Great Tasting Tours
17. The Homeschool Advantage, Inc.
18. Orisha Sage (Youth Entrepreneur)
19. Step Up For Students
20. Denning Family SUPERS
21. Denning Kidz Boutique (Youth Entrepreneur)
22. Enchanted Colors by K. Ma'te'
23. One Blood- Big Red Bus
24. MOLO's Miami Grill
25. DaJen Eats
26. Kona Ice
27. The Doolin Healing Sanctuary
28. West Volusia Historical Society
29. Art by Zoi (Youth Entrepreneur)
30. Hunt's Business Solutions
31. African American Museum of the Arts
32. Samantha Eason- Homeschool Portfolio Evaluations
33. B4G Academy
34. Words With Garden
35. Votran- Volusia Transit Management
36. Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library Services
38. Behavior 180, LLC
39. New York Life
41. The Home School Counselor
42. Usborne Books and More
43. New Beginnings Behavioral Support, LLC
44. Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
45. Bath Fitter
46. Parent Choice Games, LLC
47. Pure Radiant Beauty, LLC48. UF Office of Admissions
Black Historical Places in DeLand, Florida
Painter's Pond Mural Walk
The mural is in celebration of the People of Color who lived and worked in ‘Red City’ & ‘Little Africa’ and helped to make DeLand the vibrant place it is today,”
African American Museum of the Arts
This wonderful museum contains a revolving display of art, and over 150 African-related artifacts.
325 S Clara Ave, DeLand, FL
The Burgess Pavilion at DeLand Memorial Hospital-Originally constructed in 1926, the Burgess Pavilion was the first hospital to serve West Volusia’s black citizens.
240 N. Stone Street DeLand, FL
Further Out- Visit Bethune Cookman University, Jackie Robinson BallPark, Zora Festival