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Home school cooperative formed in State Center

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STATE CENTER, Iowa (AP) -- Seven families in a small city in Marshall County have joined together to form a home school cooperative.
  
The Times-Republican reports that classes at ACRE Agriculture Education Center will start this fall in State Center. ACRE stands for Ag Curriculum in a Rural Environment.
  
A tutor has been hired to facilitate daily instruction, but Shannon Eldridge and Brad Pfantz, both active in forming the cooperative, say parents will be in classrooms on a daily basis. Parents will assist with instruction, projects and other duties.
  
According to Eldridge, instruction for the students will be Christian-based, but nondenominational. Eldridge and Pfantz say there is an opportunity to use livestock and horticulture projects to reinforce what's taught in the classroom since State Center is an agriculture community.
  
The cooperative's initial demographic is 5 to 8 year olds.

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