the reach homeschool group is a large and very active group with members all over VA, MD and DC.
We average anywhere from 30-80 events each month.  all of the events are not on our website...all of our emails for our events are shared on our yahoo group...

To get info on our events make sure to click on Membership and Join the group and be in the know...

us army band christmas concert -dec 4th - free event - wash dc

REACH has 250 FREE tickets to the US Army Band Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec 4th, at 3:00 pm. The performance will be at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washigton, DC. If you would like to see this FREE performance (which is awesome!), email me at

Joy to the World! The annual kick-off concert for the Washington, DC, holiday season performed by the talented musicians of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” will be presented at DAR Constitution Hall: The halls will be decked, holiday musical favorites will abound, and you never know what characters might show up to help celebrate the season with The U.S. Army Orchestra, Herald Trumpets, and Army Band vocalists!
Doors will open for seating 1 hour prior to show time. This show will last approximately 75 minutes with NO intermission.
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 

snow tubing at massanutten - jan 2017 - full event

I am limited to 50 per time frame... So don't miss out - this event fills up.... This is an outdoor event so dress warmly - bundle up.. This event goes RAIN OR SHINE or SNOW...
Snow Tubing - “Best Snow Tubing” - Washingtonian Snow Tubing is pure, fresh-air fun that nearly everyone can enjoy! Bundle up for adventure and get ready to break out the smiles and the laughter. You can slide down one of our tubing lanes solo or link up with friends and enjoy the ride together when conditions allow. Our tubing hill features up to 16 lanes that are 900’ in length and offer a drop of 120 vertical feet. We now offer a second conveyor lift allowing more people to enjoy Snow Tubing with less waiting on our busiest days.
Children must be at least 36 inches tall to tube. 
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult while at the Family Adventure Park.
Hard shell or ski boots are not permitted in the Tube Park.
Temperature, wind, and precipitation affect the speed of snow tubing.
Snowmaking may be in progress as temperatures permit. 
One person allowed per tube, no exceptions.
Weather and track conditions permitting, we allow "chaining" of tubes at our discretion. 
Each participant must be seated in the tube at all times.
Tubing on your stomach or any other position is strictly prohibited and will result in expulsion from the Tube Park 

reach christmas party - dec 2016

The REACH Christmas party will take place in Dec for all REACH families - Looking forward to a fun day - see your email for all the details about this party.

great wolf lodge - dec 11th-15th

Below is the key information. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates.  
Group Name is:     REACH HOMESCHOOL HOLIDAYS DECEMBER 11-15, 2016 (No minimum stay required) 
Group Code is:  1216REACH 
 FAMILY SUITES - $109.00, plus taxes and fees = $145.18 per night
ALL OTHER SUITES - $135.00, plus taxes and fees = $174.04 per night Rates include passes to the waterpark at no additional charge based on the reserved occupancy of each room. 
Reservation Cutoff Date is:  Friday, November 11, 2016
Be advised there are a limited amount of rooms held for our group and are available on a first come basis. Rooms booked after our group allotment has been reached, or after our cutoff date are subject to availability and our rate may no longer apply. To ensure availability, book as soon as possible. To make your family’s reservation by Friday, November 11, 2016: Online at WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 1216REACHorCall Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653 All reservations are required to be guaranteed with a first night room deposit.
Cancellation Policy: When bad weather or a family member’s sickness inhibits you from your travel plans we will gladly rebook your getaway. If you need to cancel your reservation, you will be refunded your deposit less 15% of your deposit so long as you cancel up to 7 days prior to your arrival date. If you cancel up to 4 days prior to arrival, then you will be refunded your deposit less 30% of your deposit. If your plans change at the last minute (or anytime within 3 days of arrival), call us and we’ll try to rebook your trip for different dates. You would only forfeit your deposit if we couldn’t rebook your getaway at all. You are subject to the best available rate on these new dates.Cancellation policies may vary by promotional offer, including but not limited to non-refundable early booking promotions. 

Senior graduation meeting - jan 2017 

M ark Your Calendar - REACH Senior Graduation Meeting is the 10th of Jan at 3:30pm... If you have a Senior that is graduating in 2017 and you want to graduate with REACH please attend this meeting so you can get all the details about what is involved with the REACH graduation.....
This past June we had 16 Seniors Graduate. The largest class was 22 and the smallest was 2 and that graduating class the 2 seniors are now 32 yrs old....(wow).....The youngest to graduate with REACH was a 13 yr old girl. She has 2 college degrees already and working on another one 

spotsy towncenter - iceless skating - free - fredburg

Village Iceless Ice Skating Rink - ALL FREE 
Sponsored by 93.3 WFLS
Near Sephora, in the Village, Neighboring the Mall
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to skate! 93.3 WFLS, 99.3 The Vibe, and The Village at Towne Centre invite you and your family to enjoy FREE skating in the Village.
Saturday Dec 3rd, 2pm – 6pm
Sunday Dec 4th, 2pm – 6pm
Saturday Dec 10th, 2pm – 6pm
Thursday Dec 22nd, 2pm – 6pm
Friday Dec 23rd, 2pm – 6pm
FREE! Skates are provided 

secret santa - Dec 2016 - full

For this event we do ask that you donate items for me to put on the tables so that kids can choose from... Each year REACH has to put about 1000 items on that table - you figure 100 kids at least 10 things - that is 1000 items... so if you start cleaning your house out please make a donation book for REACH for Secret Santa... I take all kinds of things - gently used or new is fine...  So please consider helping out....
Kids will need to bring wrapping paper, scissors, name tags, tape, gift bags, pencil or pen to write with...
I am also need of ELF VOLUNTEERS to help the kids shop and wrap please.. If you would like to help out PLMK....(I HAVE PLENTY OF HELPERS NOW - THANK YOU 

radio station tour - dec 2017

I have set up a fieldtrip to a local radio station in Culpeper in Dec...time is 9:30-10:30am.  This fieldtrip is for K and up only - please for this event find a sitter if you you have younger kids... Limit of 20 kids per each timeframe.... 
We break into 2 groups of 10. We start in our large multi-purpose room, talk about radio waves, AM, FM, streaming, our history, take questions. The other group moves ahead, sees the rest of the station, go into the studio, have the chance to talk on the air. Then we switch up and let the others do the same thing.
We don't record the show. So, if kids do talk on the air, and parents ask us for copies of the show we can't provide. Therefore, we encourage a friend or family member to help them and record at home, or from our website or Tune In Radio App. They can also record in the studio on their phones
Address: 219 E. Davis Street, Suite 220, Culpeper. 

reach valentines dance - feb 2017

REACH Valentines Dance - Feb at Old Silk Mill in Fredburg - 6:30-10pm.....Fun for mature ages 12 and up.  See your REACH email for more details about this event....

Walt Disney world - March 2017

REACH does Walt Disney World every other year - so we will be going in March of 2017.  I am giving you heads up now to start planning for it - All money for the event will be due Dec 5th, 2016... All the details about Disney is on the yahoo email loop...The dates, cost and programs are already picked....

While we are at Disney World in FL I will look into tickets to Universal Studios and Sea World as well and you will have the option to go there as well.

the reach group averages 30-80 fieldtrips and events each month - all the fieldtrip details are on the reach yahoo group and the reach calendar page. also once you become a member of reach you can join our facebook page.  

Field trip to the white house

Mr and Mrs Riggins will be coordinating a fieldtrip for REACH to the White House...As of right now this is in the planning stages - it takes many steps to get this done.   The last time we attended the White House we took 200 homeschoolers there - they told us that we were the largest group to ever attend of that size....
How this works is once we get our info in that we want to attend then the process stops at that point until we hear back from them that we can get in this year...They cannot guarantee a time, date or month - usually what happens is they will notify us about 2-4 weeks out that we are scheduled for this day and time.. 
Once that has happen the date is locked in then we will have to have info from you so that you can go - they usually require your full name, address, driver's license number and Social security number...-they run a check and if you are good to go we will know - if they deny you I don't know the reason why you would have to call your congressman and talk to him or her..
So right now we are in the process of getting one set-up.... once they have got that done - the Riggins family will send out an email with what you need to do next.... 

va int'l tattoo - norfolk va.. a must event to attend

We are all set to go back and see the Virginia Int'l Tattoo show again on the 30th of April 2017 at 2:30pm in Norfolk VA... This is an excellent military show and I highly recommend you go if you have not been before... Before the show they have an outdoor show that is free to attend..  
If you would like to attend email me at - pymt is due in full by the 15th of Dec 2016... This is a ticketed event so you will need to pick up tickets from me....Please send your check payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508.   If you are doing paypal use - please add 4% to your total if you are using a cc... So don't miss out.
If you signed up at the back to school party and paid I already have your info so you don't need to rsvp again....
In 1997, we brought this tradition to the home of the world's biggest Naval base and the largest population of military families in America- Norfolk, Virginia.  Not surprisingly, Virginia International Tattoo has become renowned as the most patriotic of the world's great Tattoos.This largest spectacle of Music and Might in the United States of America offers and astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show stopping drill team maneuvers, colorful and elegant dancers, and much more.  
It's clear why the American Bus Association has put this Tattoo on their must-see list of the most exciting events in the world.Throughout history, field musicians have been vital to commanders as the sole means of relaying orders during battle. For marching, the bands kept the company or regiment in proper cadence, and served to beat the daily duty calls and ceremonies such as Reveille, Taps, the General, the Assembly and the Retreat. The distinctive and colorful uniforms were necessary to distinguish them easily on the battlefields, and were often the reverse color of those worn by the line soldiers. 
The term "tattoo" derives from the cries of the 17th and 18th century Dutch innkeepers, who, as the fifes and drums of the local regiment signaled a return to quarters would cry, "Doe den tap toe!" -"Turn off the taps!" The sound of the "taps" caused the innkeeper's customers to depart and return to their barracks. The word "tattoo" evolved over time, and refers to what developed as a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands today. 

reach reading club - fun for all ages - runs sept to may 

REACH will again offer the REACH Reading Club - This club is for kids of all ages including little ones.  Kids start reading Sept to May and then in May we have a party and give out prizes and some lucky kids win some bikes to take home and one lucky family wins a FREE 3 day 2 night stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. The cost is $15.50 per student and that covers books, prizes, pizza party and bowling in May.  Kids read all year long and by May 1st you submit your book report on one book and these are given to GWL as a THANK YOU for donating the grand prize...  
Last year I was able to give away 6 bikes.  So depending on how many sign up is how much I can afford for bikes and etc....Each may we hold a fun party at AMF Bowling alley where you can bowl for 2 hours and then we do pizza and drinks and give away bikes, prizes, books and etc....
This year I am going to do the BOOKS at the end of the event instead of the beginning - so in May they will get their 3 books for participating in the REACH Reading club...
This is lots of fun encourages kids to read all year long - then have a party, get some books, prizes, bowling and food and a chance to win a bike and one lucky family wins a FREE visit to GWL.. 

100 lucky pennies across the us worth $1000.00 - anyone found any yet

FYI:  Bank Places 100 Lucky Pennies Across US Worth $1000 each - happy hunting....
Stopping to pick up a stray penny off the ground may not seem worth the effort, yet one bank is trying to change that mindset by placing 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece.Ally Bank says it is hoping to encourage Americans to look for opportunities to save through its "Lucky Penny" promotion, which launched this week. The lucky pennies carry a copper color like real pennies, but feature the Detroit-based bank's logo instead of Abraham Lincoln's head. The flip side of the coin lists its value at 100,000 cents.The pennies have been placed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Denver, Detroit, San Diego, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas.The coins can be redeemed online until the end of the year. 

hands on science classes - full  

Mrs Murphy our soccer coach is offering again to teach Hands on Science Classes for Middle/High School Students starting Feb 2nd... Time is 1-2pm at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredericksburg....Min 4 students - max is 12 students.   All supplies are included with the price.... Rsvp directly to Mrs Murphy..Once the class is full she will let me know... 
Hands On Science ClassMiddle/High Students*Minimum 4 students, Maximum 12 students 
Engineering (2wks) · Straw Roller Coaster, Paper Book Towers, Marshmallow Guns 
Physics  Alka-Seltzer Rockets and Wooden Catapults 
Electricity - Lemon battery· and Electric Motor Magnets -·Magnetic Field Experiment and         Spinning Pen
Forensics ·Chromotography - Finger Printing and         DNA Extraction 
$85 per student for  6 – 1 hour classes*
Classes may not be done in order shown*
Classes take place at SFCC*
Some outside “homework” may be required 
Classes held: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 9 from 1-2pm*March 16 will be set aside as a makeup date 

Riverside and reach homeschool day - narnia - dec 2016 - FULL 

Riverside and REACH Homeschool day.. The play will be Narnia.  All tickets for this show ages 3 and up are $10.00 per person.  Bring a lunch and drink with you... Will start at 10:30am and end around 1:15pm..
If you would like to see this show rsvp to me at - pymt is due in full by the 30th of Sept 2016....
Make sure to come and see the show - alot of door prizes and one lucky adult will win 2 tickets to see a dinner theater show.... how awesome is that.  That alone is worth $120.00.....
Educational Displays, Coloring Contest, Carol Singing, Science in the Theater, Cookies, Prizes, Christmas Card swap - for each card you bring get a ticket to swap for another Christmas card.Make sure to put your card in an env and seal it... All ages can participate...
Narnia - In this musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are sent from London to the country house of an old professor to escape the air raids during World War II. One day as the children are playing hide-and-seek, Lucy discovers an old wardrobe that becomes the childrens gateway to the wonderous land of Narnia. There the children meet Mr. Tumnus the faun, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, the beautiful-but-evil White Witch, and her menacing dwarves and wolves in the snowy wood where spring never comesuntil the great lion Aslan unexpectedly returns. With gifts from Father Christmas and Aslans help, the children defeat the evil witch and change the destiny of Narnia, becoming its royal rulers in fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. Later, as the children are walking through the forest, they rediscover the wardrobe gateway. Tumbling through, they return to their own world, where scarcely a moment has passed. Was it all a dream, or was it real? This heart-warming story is a tale of magic, love, self-sacrifice, and redemption that will excite and warm the hearts of young and old alike.  

reach facebook page

Once you become a member of REACH you are welcome to join the REACH facebook page..... 

shine music club

What is Shine? This is a fun group where homeschoolers can connect and share their talents with each other during Spotlight Solos and with the local community in a variety of performances throughout the year.  For ages 6 and up...

the great russian nutcracker by the moscow ballet - gmu in fairfax - full event 

The Great Russian Nutcracker by Moscow Ballet is coming to GMU Center for the Arts in Fairfax on the 19th of Dec for a evening performance starting at 7pm...there are 3 ticket options available....
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical Snow Forest complete with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax. 

family shark overnight adventure in tn - april 2017


live webcast of dec 7th - pearl harbor - free event 

Just a reminder - See your email for all the details. Dec 7th - On December 7, 2016—the 75th anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—The National WWII Museum and New Orleans PBS member station WYES will webcast a live student program focusing on the events of that momentous day. Remember Pearl Harbor—How Students Like YOU Experienced the Day of Infamy will give students from across the country the chance to watch live as two student reporters deliver updates from New Orleans and Hawaii.Produced for students in grades 5-8
Participate through real-time Q&A and live polls
Features on-the-scene reporting from students with survivors and witnesses of the attack
Explore historic locations and museums, including the USS Arizona Memorial, the Pacific Aviation Museum, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and The National WWII Museum
FREE to all registered classrooms 

Riverside Theater Play - a christmas story - full event 

We are scheduled to see "A Christmas Story the Musical" on the 14th of Dec at 1:30pm..  
A Christmas Story The Musical - Its 1940 in the northern Indiana town of Hohman. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmasan official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot BB rifle with a compass in the stock. Between keeping tabs on his younger brother Randy and having to handle school bully Scut Farkus, Ralphie doesnt know how hell ever survive long enough to get the BB gun on the big day. When Ralphie first asks his mother for the BB gun, she exclaims, No, youll shoot your eye out! When Mrs. Shields, Ralphies teacher at Harding Elementary School, assigns the class to write a theme about what they want for Christmas, Ralphie sees a golden opportunity to express his Christmas wish. Unfortunately, he gets a C+ on the theme and Mrs. Shields has written Youll shoot your eye out! at the top of the paper. Ralphies next plan is to ask Santa Claus, but how does Santa respond? Youll shoot your eye out! By this time, Ralphie has had enough of that. When Scut Farkus and his sidekick Grover Dill start in on him on his way home from school, Ralphie knocks Scut to the ground and beats his face bloody. With this outburst of anger and frustration, Ralphie thinks hell never get the BB gun for Christmas now. But someone has planned a big surprise for the discouraged boy! 

learn to swing dance - jan 2017

Starting in Jan REACH has partnered up with Dance Fxbg to learn Swing Dancing... Classes will run for 6 weeks on and 2 weeks off.  The first 6 weeks starting Wed in Jan and running to Feb - classes are one hr long and the cost is $50.00 per person for the 1st two people and $40.00 for each additional over if you had 3 people doing the class the cost is $140.00... if two people doing the class it is $100.00
There will be two times available for classes - 11-noon and 1-2pm....This is for kids and adults ages 8 and up... Classes will be held at the Eagle Village off of Rt 1 across from the Univ of Mary Washington...1145 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredburg...
If you would like to learn to swing dance email me at - pymt for this dance class is due by the 3rd of Jan 2017... Please send your check payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508...
Our Teacher is Valerie Webber:ABOUT US
We have been teaching swing dance, Lindy Hop, jitterbug and Charleston in the Fredericksburg/Stafford area since 2012.  We host frequent dance parties and events, and we strive to create a fun social atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Our Dancing StoryLike lots of other little girls, Valerie grew up loving ice skating and movies that featured fantastic partner dancing, like "Grease."  As a young adult, she studied classical ballet and Luigi-style jazz dance.  Eventually, she took some Ballroom and Salsa classes, but the first time she attended a swing dance with Gottaswing, she knew she was hooked. Joel comes from a musical family where he learned to play guitar and piano and to sing.  As a young adult, he was active in country line dancing and disco.  He discovered swingwhen a friend took him to a dance at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. The rest is history!  Joel and Valerie met at a swing dance, got married, and noware happy to have joined the Gottaswing family of instructors 

stamp club 2016-2017

The Stamp club will start up on the 16th of Sept in  Fredericksburg from 1:30pm to 2:30pm and run once a month.  This is for ages 10 and up.  The club will meet from Sept to May and the cost is $5.00 per student.  
Each month the students will do 1-3 worksheets that teach using stamps...Students get to take home their worksheets and stamps... Each month students will be given extra stamps to take home and research and come back next month and talk about one of the stamps - what they learned about it.  
Sept 16th: Famous People of the Civil War
Oct 14th - Civil War Battles and National Monuments of the US
Nov 18th - George Washington and Wetlands
Dec 16th - Christmas/Christmas Fun party will update the schedule for 2017 in Sept..... 

chess club - weekly - this is now full.....

REACH Chess Club will be starting back up on the 7th of Sept in Fredericksburg from 3-4pm and will run weekly.  This is for ages 6 and up - limit 40 kids.  This is a whole year of Chess from Sept to May..
Mrs. Kitfield will be returning to teach Chess and we are hoping that Mr. Stableford will be returning as well...
The cost for the year is $30.00 per student with a family cap of $90.00 - each student will get a t-shirt from the club as well....
You will have the opportunity to order chess boards for 13.00... this comes with chess board and pieces...Highly recommend you order one so your student can play and practice at home when not in the club.... The kids compete against each other for points and etc....(not a chess player so not sure how it all works - I might need to take the class so I can learn how to play)
This is a fun class and Mrs. Kitfield does an excellent job with the kids teaching them chess....and at the end of the club they have a pizza party.... 


Our Goal

REACH's goal is to offer meaningful and educational opportunities for all homeschoolers in the Virginia area. REACH is Christian-led, but is open to all regardless of religion, race or politics. We are a very active group that participates in many field-trips and workshops for children of all ages.


REACH covers Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene Co, Charlottesville, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, King George, Caroline County, PWC, Warrenton, Manassas, Haymarket, Sumerduck, Remington, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Leesburg, Springfield, Fairfax, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Richmond, Caroline, Midlothian, Williamsburg, Colonial Beach, Glen Allen, Staunton, Winchester, DC, Maryland, and more.


REACH has a subscription fee of $36.00 per family per calendar year . The subscription includes monthly newsletters and all of the REACH emails. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2016 to June 2017. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2017.  

I will be accepting new memberships for 2016-2017 starting in April of 2016.  Your membership for next year will run from Aug to June of 2017

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, 
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Young Eagle Flying Program
  • SHINE Music Club
  • Graduation for Pre-K,  8th Graders, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • Great Wolf Lodge,  Colonial Williamsburg, Ripley's Museum
  • Broadway shows in Richmond
  • Lego, Coin, Stamp, Chess Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • Mad Science, Brickz for Kids
  • Shane's Family Fun Nights
  • Valentine's, Easter, End of School, Back to School, Harvest, and Christmas Parties
  • Contests, Art classes
  • Linda Bailey Nature Classes
  • Spanish,  Portuguese classes
  • Speakers and author book signings
  • Journalism class
  • Math with Mrs Mack 
  • Yearbook, School Pictures
  • Mythology Exam, Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Plays, Disney on Ice
  • Circus,  Harlem Globetrotters
  • Book club, teen literature, and writing club,
  • Ihop Family Nights and Pancake workshops
  • Lake Anna classes
  • Tons of field-trips
  • Potomac Nationals Reading Club
  • VA Opera show/Nutcracker
  • REACH Family Fun Day picnic
  • And so much more - we avg 30-80 events each month......


To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2016 to June 2017. In March membership drops to $20.00.
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Dues to REACH are $36.00 per family for the year. Please send your check payable to REACH to:

Wanda Sloper

35451 Wilderness Shores Way

Locust Grove, VA 22508

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What REACH Means To Me

REACH is a fantastic resource to the MANY homeschool events that happen across the state of VA, particularly central VA. Wanda is an inexhaustible source of knowledge when it comes to this area and she schedules these fantastic field trips to places I didn't even know existed but that turn out to be gems and fit in so well with whatever we are studying at home. The other thing that is so wonderful is the group rates and discounts that she is able to secure because of the size of our group and because of her background and experience in scheduling these types of things. Even though we live over an hour from Fredricksburg and many of the events scheduled are too far away for us to participate in, we still join every year and it is always worth it. As long as we are homeschooling in this area, we will be members of REACH!

-Mrs. Buckley

The Reach Homeschool Group has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family. The wide range of activities, fieltrips, clubs, and a wide variety of events available to our families and homeschool community is so easily accessible through this group. You just receive the event information, and choose what is best for your family. When I joined back in 2008 after a two year tour in NC where there was a very limited amount of events to participate in, I was thrilled! Did several trips each month, and they were organized, educational and fun. I highly recommend this group. Thanks very much, to Wanda Sloper.

- The Kilhenny Family

REACH provides such a variety of opportunities for students and their parents – it is truly phenomenal! No matter your budget, time constraints, interests, or location – there is really something for everyone. REACH provides one time opportunities (seminars, classes, etc.) as well as annual events – where you are sure to run into friends you made from the year before. Not sure how Wanda manages it – but she arranges unique events for a wide variety of interests; everything including science, math, arts, music, theatre, clubs, sports, and more. REACH helps families find programs/events to expand the student’s knowledge and interests including introducing new topics of study with hands on experiences. 

linda m davies

We love REACH homeschool group. We have been the members of a couple other homeschool groups that promised a lot and did not deliver. REACH always delivers! We are homeschooling one child who is entering 4th grade. We have been members of REACH since she was in Kindergarten. REACH offers something for every age group. We have taken advantage of many opportunities, including classes REACH offers such as drawing and Mad Science. We have been on numerous local field trips, such as Ferry Farm trips, Leesylvania State Park, and even a tour of a sewage plant! REACH also organizes very affordable overnight family trips several of which we have taken advantage of, such as a trip by train to New York City and a trip to Disney World. As my daughter gets older we are really looking forward to many of the opportunities that REACH offers older children. Really, there is something for everyone. My only fear about REACH is that Wanda will retire before my daughter graduates. It would be a great loss to the homeschooling community.

- Mrs. Shojinga

We moved here 5 years ago and my 3 kids were still in public school. When we decided to homeschool, I was so scared and overwhelmed and unsure of myself. Then, I was introduced to REACH. I had found some direction, advice, opportunities and best of all, friends for children and myself! The field trips and clubs are incredible. The opportunities for learning and stretching and trying new things are endless. Wanda is a fabulous lady and works so hard for this group. I am so blessed to be a 3rd year veteran of REACH! 

Mrs G Spotsy VA 

REACH has been a God-send for us! No one ever said that homeschooling would be an easy journey,
but homeschooling an only child can be frustrating at times. REACH has provided the perfect outlet
for us because of the many field trips, clubs, and activities that are available for my son to participate in. 
He has been able to make several new friends, and enjoy spending time with other kids who in his same
situation. There are so many helpful, friendly, and just overall wonderful people within the REACH community!
We just could not ask for a better group, and we are so thankful to Ms. Wanda for all that she does to 
keep this group going!!! 

Carla and alex marvin

Being a member of REACH allows my family to pick and choose many activities that I enrich our homeschooling. We have gone to plays, a lavender farm and a presentation by Ken Ham about dinosaurs and creation. Without REACH, I would not know that these opportunities exist. Wanda does an excellent job of providing such a wide range of activities that there truly is something for everyone! We are hoping to do more this year, including some service projects. Being relatively new to Virginia, REACH has helped us to explore more of our surrounding areas

- Mrs. Anderson

We joined reach in 2010 after moving here from our 5th duty station in Chesterfield Michigan. We started at Anthony Burns Elmementary in Stafford Virginia  3rd grade which lasted for three months. Due to over crowding and my child being shuffled around like a deck of cards we decided to try moving her to another school but in the process we met a homeschooling group that was Caltholic and tried to fit in but with a Baptist. Back ground we were like fish out of water lol. The person who now I call my extended family Karen Clamenta introduced us to Wanda Via internet and we meet up at the bowling alley and joined immediately after meeting some great families. Most of the families we still hang out with and others we see from time to time at various events. Wanda has been such a blessing in our lives it would take me hours to share but I'll give you just a taste of why she has won my heart. She's kind, funny, intelligent, fair, empathic, sincere, consistent in trying to do her best with all the other things she has going on in her life. I haven't yet caught her off her game in running reach homeschool group. She's not perfect but who is? But I must say she is perfect for reach and she has a gift that many people envy her for I can tell you that lol. My family is over joyed with being a reach family member and hopefully we can remain members until Breanna enters 12 grade in three years. Reach is more than a group  to us, it's our family. Thanks Wanda and Mr. Sloper for doing what God ask of you and that's to love thy neighbor as thyself..

God bless the Blankenship family (Tonya, Brian, Breanna and Ariel