CHARGe homeschool group enjoys field day

Local students from the Cullman Homeschool Activities and Resource Group (CHARGe) enjoy a lively game of duck-duck-goose Wednesday at Sportsman Lake Park. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Homeschool Activities and Resource Group (CHARGe) Field Day at Sportsman Lake Park was held Wednesday with at least 125 kids of all ages getting together for a day of fun and games. The day was one of many exciting group activities that CHARGe organizes for the homeschool community.

The kids had a great time participating in relay races, a three-legged race and water games with their friends. Lana Freeman and Jennifer Garcia, two veteran homeschool moms organized CHARGe “for Cullman area homeschoolers offering activities, field trips and social learning opportunities.”

Garcia moved to Cullman from the Madison and wanted to create a community in the Cullman area for homeschoolers.

She said, “I went to school with Lana and we hooked back up again through Facebook- Let’s do something the whole community can be a part of and if someone wants to organize a field trip, they have a group to organize that with. Homeschoolers, we have to create our own things for our children because we don’t have a structure outside our home to do that.”

The group recently had field trips to Sloss Furnace and fire stations. It also has fun activities including bowling and skating nights. CHARGe is focused on homeschoolers “coming together, making connections and joining their circle of friendships.”

Freeman added, “We have 5-18-year-olds here today, and as you can see, they are all just being kids together.”

After lunch, the water games had everyone laughing and gave some relief from the heat, including a giant game of duck-duck-goose with a bit of a water twist. The goose was chosen by having a bucket of water dumped on him or her. After everyone was cooled off, the kids enjoyed dancing to the “Cha-Cha Slide.”

Through the organizing of the home school community, parents can exchange ideas and talents that allow for a broader variety of classes and electives available. Garcia and Freeman welcome everyone to learn more about the group and want to guide and provide resources for current and potential homeschool families. They invite those interested to visit their Facebook page at

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Christy Perry