Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes, Inc.
2203 Rhonda Dr., West Plains, MO 65775-1615
Phone: (417) 257-0030 * http://match-inc.org

Dear Homeschool Exhibitor,

We had a wonderful time working with different ones of you over the past year for the different events that we had. We had a new one added last year and we are looking forward to what it brings for the homeschoolers. For those that are new, please let me introduce myself and our organization. My husband & I are the directors of the Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes, Inc. (MATCH). This is the only state wide Christian organization in Missouri. We have three children a son 28, daughter 17 (that went to China & Argentina on her first mission trips and more to come) and our youngest 13. As some of your know this has been a difficult year with the home going of my mother and with our youngest son struggling more with his epilepsy. But God is good!

We would love to work with your group in whatever way possible. We offer to do FREE product reviews for vendors. The way this works is, you send us whatever you would like for us to review and after reviewing it, we will put the review in our state wide membership newsletter (online); on our members only site on the web; on our blogs (3 different ones); and on Facebook (we do not return or resell items sent for review). If you want us to review a book or even a series, please send us the physcial books or ebooks. If you are sending ebooks we accept ebooks for the Nook or Kindle, as well as common non-DRM formats. Please note that we get a lot of reviews and we try to get them done ASAP but as a homeschool mom, my children come first. If you don't hear from us or see your review out there, please email me and I will check into it.

Fireside Helps is sent out to MATCH members throughout the state, monthly on our members only site. We put all sorts of articles in the newsletter to help homeschoolers, events that are coming up, and fun things from time to time for the kids. If you would like to submit articles and upcoming events for our members to see, this is FREE. Please have them to me by the following dates:

  • February 22

  • March 21

  • April 25

  • May 23

  • June 20

  • July 25

  • August 22

  • September 19

  • October 24

  • November 21

  • December 19

  • January 23, 2017

Are you interested in doing or do you do a homeschool event? Are you interested in offering MATCH members a special discount? We would love to promote your events. Please send us the information about each event for 2017-18 and if you are interested in getting started with a homeschool day, feel free to let us know. Each event is put on our calendars, on our main website, on our Facebook and in the newsletters.

We are currently preparing for the first event we do, the upcoming SHEM Convention, May 18-20, 2017. This is a 2 day event and if you aren't going to be able to make it to the SHEM convention, feel free to send samples or door prizes that we can hand out for you. This is NOT our convention but one that we support what they do and we attend every year. We enjoy handing out magazines, fliers and other free items that you might want to get into the hands of homeschoolers. Door prizes are always a fun thing we do at our table. We try to do a door prize every hour throughout the event. The only thing we take money for during this event is for MATCH memberships. They had over 1,400 people to attend last year. We are asking people to send only 300-500 items for the convention. The reason we only ask for this amount is so that we don't waste your money on items that aren't taken during the convention. Everything MUST be to us by May 5th. The sooner we have it the better. We love being able to tell homeschoolers about the options out there for them and are able to do so by handing out samples that you make available.

The second event will be at our 3rd annual Homeschool Dat at Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, MO. The event will be held October 6th. We are looking forward to a BIG event. What we are looking for is coupons that can be used as door prizes for those attending. Last year we had some great restaurants that gave coupons for door prizes. We would like to include some from you, too.

Our third and largest event is our annual Homeschool Day at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. The event that will be held October 7-8 at the Silver Dollar City Homeschool Day. This is our 18th annual Homeschool Day. Last year was our biggest turn out ever and we are really looking forward to an even bigger year this year. We like to hand out little things to the children as they come in for the big day. You may choose whatever type of object for us to put in their bags and have your name on it. The kids love to have pencils, pens, little notepads, wrist bands, etc. We need to have bags donated for the event. We welcome you to put your name, logo, advertisement on the outside of them. They do need to be heavy ones so that they don't rip easy. We also need to have buttons or lanyards for name tags that can be used to make our homeschool families to stand out. We want this to not only be something for the kids but a way for you to be able to advertise, too. The bags are handed out as they come into the city with their packets for the day and many don't want to carry a really heavy bag around all day. We want to get the magazines into their hands so please send us a card for them to send to you for a free sample of the magazine. We will be putting together 300 bags. We need all the items to be in by September 9, 2017. Putting them in the bags is done for FREE.

Our fourth and final event for the year will be our 1st Christmas in Branson, which is still in the planning stages. The Shepherd of the Hills will be having a special event for the homeschoolers and we are looking at possibly two other groups joining this event, too.

We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 417-257-0030 or by email.

God bless you,
Michael & Orilla Crider
MATCH Directors

NOTE:
If mailing or sending anything to our office please mail it to:

MATCH
Orilla Crider, Director
2203 Rhonda Dr.
West Plains, MO 65775