A Word From The Coordinator

Getting in the Groove

Beginning a new school year has a certain measure of craziness to it. Buying clothes when your child has outgrown most others over the summer, purchasing school supplies, and rearranging schedules to fit the school day are all characteristics of this season. Fairly soon things begin settling down.

A good measure of comfort and peace comes with getting in the groove of schooling again. This peace comes to both parents and children alike. I am reminded of one of my favorite scriptures. John 14:27 (KJV) says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” The Lord desires for us to be comforted and not afraid, even in homeschooling. May we all find our days filled with peace and comfort from above.

Michelle Green

2020-2021 Board Officers

Michelle Green
Membership Director
Kathy Chauffe
Activities Director
Chelsey Carnahan
Emily DeCosta
Kristen Brown
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Board News

The next board meeting is September 21.

COVID Update

REACH will continue to follow the usual Illness Policy with added consideration for COVID precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing. We will follow the mandates issued by the state and local authorities. Since the mandates and recommendations are changing as new information comes out, pay special attention to details for any in person REACH activities. Keep in mind that some activity hosts or venues may have additional requirements that participants will be asked to follow.

Meet The Board

Michelle Green - Coordinator

I have been married to my husband, Michael, for 29 years. We have 5 kids. Our first two are Ashley and Brittany who have both graduated from homeschooling and went on to college. Ashley has graduated Arkansas Tech and has married a wonderful young man, Austin Beck. Brittany is in her final year at AR Tech and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has already received an associate’s degree for general education. Next, are our 3 boys: Caleb, Daniel, and Everett (ages 17, 13, and 8). Caleb has graduated and is now working with his dad in our family’s construction business. Daniel is in 9 th grade, and Everett is in 4 th grade. Our family enjoys serving at our church in various capacities. We also enjoy volunteering at Royal Family Kids Camp and TRAC camps, which minister to kids in foster care. I am delighted to be serving on the Board of REACH. The Board is a magnificent group of ladies with a heart for REACH. It is a true pleasure to be working with them to help make REACH better for homeschoolers.

Chelsey Carnahan - Activities Director

My husband, Sean, and I have 2 boys. Adam is 8 and Asher is 3. Sean and I were married 13 years ago. We have lived in Russellville since getting married. We both graduated from Russellville and continued our education at ATU. Sean has worked for Arkansas Tech for 15 years. We enjoy living in Russellville because we both have family in the area. This is my first year serving on the REACH Board as Activities Director and my third year managing the REACH website. I look forward to the opportunities we have for this school year and I'm excited to see what the future holds!

Kristen Brown - Treasurer

My husband and I have been married for 12 years and we have 2 kids: Lochlan who is 10 and will be in 5th grade and McKinley who is 7 and will be in 2nd grade. This will be our 6th year to homeschool and we love the flexibility it brings our family. Homeschooling is not something we ever planned for but it has been a blessing. I went to school for Accounting and have a BA in Business Administration and my MBA and I look forward to using that knowledge as the new Treasurer.

REACH Meetings

There is no planned Monthly Meeting for September. We encourage you to attend our Back To School Picnic.

Check Out Our Monthly Meetings Tab

Membership News & Reminders

Welcome New Members

Justin and Amberlee Wesselhoft live in Russellville and have one child: Arion, age 8. Amberlee is serving on the Spelling Bee Committee.

Chris and Christie Kleist live in Clarksville and have two children: Joseph, age 11; and Abby age 9. Christie is still deciding on her committee placement.

Luke and Chelli Guthrie live in Russellville and have three children: Grace, age 16; Sophia, age 13; and Levi, age 10. Chelli is serving on the Intensives Committee and also the Clubs Committee.

Childcare Workers Sign-up

It is so exciting to be able to start another school year! When we can have meetings, we will need workers! We are unsure how much childcare will be needed this year because of COVID, but we would like to get some workers lined up for when we do. If your daughter, aged 13 or older would enjoy babysitting at REACH meetings, please contact JoLeah Payton at You can get a copy of the childcare worker application form HERE. The childcare worker guidelines are HERE.

Membership Directory

If you would like a family photo displayed with your listing in the Membership Directory on the REACH website, please email your picture to Deadline to send pictures is October 15.

Business Directory

If you own a business and would like your business information added to your family listing in the Membership Directory, email Please include the business name, contact information, a link to your business website or Facebook page, and a brief description. If you have any questions, please email


If you plan to join HSLDA you can receive a discount as a REACH member. Just enter the code 210726 when prompted. Annual membership is $115 with our group discount, a savings of $15.
HSLDA Membership Link

2021 Senior Graduation

If you have a homeschool student who will graduate in 2021 and would like to participate in the REACH graduation ceremony, please email Kathy Chauffe at We hope to have some fun fellowship activities throughout the year for our graduating seniors, as well as parent planning meetings starting soon! Deadline to sign up for graduation is November 1st.


We are looking for 8-10 students for our staff for the coming year. Students should be in grades 8-12… Read more

2019-2020 Student Photos Available

All 2019-2020 student photos are on my website. I will take orders & payments for packages through September 10…Read more

September Activities at a Glance

October Activities at a Glance

PSP Day-Parties/Skating/Parks

The 2nd Friday of each month is devoted to PSP-Parties/Skating/Parks. These activities are open to all ages including teens, but there must be an accompanying adult.

September PSP - Back to School Picnic

It's time for the Back to School Picnic! We'll be meeting by the playground at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Sign up by Wednesday, September 16. REACH will provide individual bags of chips and individual drinks. You will need to provide all other food for your family. Since there are very few picnic tables, bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. After eating, kids can play on the playground, … Read more

October PSP - Park Day


Tween Club - Beach Day

Calling all students in grades 5-7! This drop-off club will be meeting once a month this semester for fun activities! In September, grab your beach towel, floaties, buckets, and shovels and come to Lake Dardanelle State Park for a beach day.

Tween Club - Yard Games

Calling all students in grades 5-7! This drop-off club will be meeting once a month this semester for fun activities! In October, we'll meet at the beach at Lake Dardanelle State Park for yard games: ladder ball, corn hole, croquet, and volleyball.

Blankets and Bubbles

This will be a playdate type club for Pre-K and Kindergarteners. It will be limited to 10 families, older siblings can be present but snacks and content will be for Pre-K and Kindergarten (age 3-6).

Google Meet Based Virtual Drawing Club

Ages: 12 and up. This club is still in planning stages - please contact Tracy Johnson if your student is interested.

Disc Golf Club

This club is for grades 7 to adult. It has a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 participants. Participants must bring their own discs. You can purchase a 3-disc starter set from Amazon for about $20. Social distancing will be practiced.

Outdoor Games Club

This club is for any ages but especially for younger siblings of Disc Golfers. We will be meeting the same days and times that Velvet’s Disc Golf Club meets. I just wanted to give the kids a chance to get outside and run off some steam together. Social distancing will be practiced.


I looking forward to seeing what this group can offer for our up coming school year. Intensives can be a fun way to share your talents so others can learn something new. We have had some fun interesting intensives in the past such as: Ballroom Dancing, Google classes, Nature Hikes, Science Labs, Art, Note Taking… Read more

Canoeing/Kayaking Intensive

The Sayger family will give instructions on canoeing & kayaking with students practicing in the Piney Bay area as a group. Sayger and Sperry families will provide canoes and kayaks, although students may bring their own. Minimum of 5 required and maximum of 13 participants allowed. This intensive is for ages 14 through adult. Responsible, obedient students may be dropped … Read more

Field Trips

What field trips would your family like to participate in this year?
There are so many great opportunities in our community as well as surrounding areas for field trips! If there's somewhere fun and/or educational you've been wanting to go perhaps you'd like to organize a field trip so other homeschool families could join in! Anyone in REACH can plan a field trip. … Read more
Contact Allison Hoke at with field trip ideas or questions.

Teen Events

September Teen Event - College Preview Day

This teen event is a college preview day featuring speakers from University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton and Arkansas Tech University, including ATU Main Campus & ATU Ozark Campus. Following CDC and Arkansas Department of Health guidelines, teens living within the same household may sit together during this event, but otherwise social distancing and masks will be implemented. This means we … Read more

October Teen Event - Present Crisis Band Concert

More details and sign-up coming soon. You can find out more about Present Crisis on Facebook or Spotify... Read more

December Teen Event

The first ever REACH Teens Have Talent is coming your way in December. Let’s get creative. This can include any talent you would like to showcase that fits with our Code of Conduct.

High School Classes 2020-2021

High school classes meeting this fall include: Constitutional Literacy, ACT Math Prep Lab, Spanish I Semester 2, and Biology Lab.

The following high school classes are currently planned for the spring semester: Writing a Research Paper w/Amy Hughes & Art w/Kelly Lilley.


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Labels are collected at each REACH Meeting. A collection box is also located in the REACH Library. For the new style of Box Tops, you will need to use the Box Tops phone app to scan receipts within 14 days of purchase.

REACH Codes/Information

Member Handbook
Member FAQ
Code of Conduct
Dress Code
Illness Guidelines

REACH Library Information

Reminder: Please note that this information is for current REACH members only.

REACH Library Code: 2105
A few reminders:
  • Place the key in the lockbox, and mess up the code to keep it secure. Secure the library by locking the door behind you.
  • Sign in upon arriving and sign out upon leaving.
  • No food or drink allowed in the library.
  • Follow displayed instructions for checking out and returning books
  • Use the 3,500+ items REACH Library Database
  • Check out our library tab.
Contact Velvet at or 479-223-2255 with any questions

Local, State, or National Events

**The following are not REACH sponsored events but are provided for informational purposes only.**

UACCM Career Info for High School Students

Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Department of Secondary Education's Division of Career and Technical Education have made several changes over the past few months. These changes have led to UACCM now being the host educational facility for Career and Technical Education … Read more
Arkansas State Parks events

Pope County Library events

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events