Homeschool students graduate in joint ceremony

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Seven homeschool students from a three-county area marked their graduation Saturday in a ceremony at First Baptist Church in Fairfield.
While homeschooling is personalized to each student, about a dozen homeschooling families from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties share knowledge and other resources with each other through a group called the Tri-County Homeschool Co-op.
The parents of each graduate presented their child with the diploma he or she had earned in an emotional speech that was partly a summary of their long journey, partly a blessing and partly a commissioning into their future.
“There is no valedictorian because they all technically graduate from separate schools,” said Tami Lewis, co-leader of the co-op and mother of Emma Lewis of Thornton, one of Saturday’s graduates.
Keynote speaker was John Wainwright, who wore his doctoral robes from Oxford University. Wainwright, the father of graduate Garrett Wainwright of Fairfield, exhorted all the graduates to do three things; first to strive for self-awareness by spending at least 10 minutes each day communing with God, contemplating His ways and giving thought to their own habits.

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