The Eastern Association of Christian Homeschoolers

Bylaws of The Eastern Association of Christian Homeschools (T.E.A.C.H.)

Please print and retain the by-laws for your records and print, fill out, and submit completed membership APPLICATION, LIABILITY WAIVER, detached & signed Statement of Faith, three reference letters and $15 dues (made payable to T.E.A.C.H.) to Dawn Pooser at 5580 Sidney Rd, Belhaven , NC 27810.


The name of this organization is The Eastern Association of Christian Homeschools (hereinafter referred to as T.E.A.C.H.).


The purpose of The Eastern Association of Christian Homeschools is first and foremost to meet the needs of Christian Homeschool families by way of information, inspiration, and support in all areas of homeschooling.


A.      To help promote and protect the right to educate our children at home.

B.      To be a channel of support, encouragement, and information to those who                        
          are new to or are interested in homeschooling.

C.      To promote Christ-centered activities and fellowship for parents and children.

D.      To promote and encourage educational excellence for our children.

E.       To pave the way for those who come behind us.


A.     Operate a homeschool in compliance with North Carolina Law.

         1.  In situations where an applicant-family is requesting membership in order for a student to
              participate in athletics, drama, or other clubs under the umbrella of T.E.A.C.H.the applicant   
              family is not required to adhere to Article IV Section A, but must be in compliance with all  
              other subsections here in. 

B.     In accordance with our core values we expect our members to read the                  
        by-laws and to understand what they are signing on the membership form, liability waivers,
        and to ascribe to the statement of faith included in these by-laws .
C.     We expect our members to comply with all decisions made by T.E.A.C.H.
         Board of Directors.
D.    Members should follow the Biblical model in resolving conflicts, as found in
        Mathew 18:15-17.  If you have a disagreement with another member (or
        with the leadership of T.E.A.C.H.) you should approach the individual (or
        board) with your concerns.  If that is not effective, you may ask the
        T.E.A.C.H. board members to assist you in resolving the conflict by
        mediating or by acting as witnesses in the conflict. Our aim is for peace
        among our membership, and we expect that all members will "make every
        effort to live in peace with all." Hebrews 12:14

E.     Out of respect for others' privacy, members are not to share the
         membership directory with non-members.

F.     All members are expected to sign up for and check their egroup emails as well as newsletters as
        this is our main means of communication. 
G.    Activities:
                      1.     During T.E.A.C.H.  activities, parents are expected to monitor their
                      child/children's behavior closely.  Parents are responsible for the
                      discipline and correction of their children.  If children are persistently
                      disruptive to any activity, and are unresponsive to the parent's efforts
                      to correct that behavior, they may be asked to leave by the activity
                      leader or an attending board member.

2.     We expect one or both parents to attend any T.E.A.C.H. activity in
                       which their child (17 yrs. & under) takes part, as this is one of the
                       benefits of homeschooling / parent child interaction.  A child is certainly
                       welcome to attend an event or activity with another T.E.A.C.H. family,
                       if that parent is willing to take responsibility for their supervision.
                       However, children must NOT be dropped off without a supervising
                       adult present with them.

3.     All parents whose children participate in T.E.A.C.H.'s activities must
                      assist in the set-up and clean up of those activities.

H.     It is REQUIRED that at least one parent in each T.E.A.C.H. family sign-up for at least one 
         job/task per school year. (August-June) Our group is a support system and therefore 
        we depend on all our members to participate and help out in order for our group to be      
      successful. We believe that many hands make light work.                      


A.     Completing and signing  a membership application, reference letters,  reading and signing a Liability Waiver, a Statement of Faith and by having the application accepted by the Board of Directors. 

B.     Agreement with the policies outlined by T.E.A.C.H.

C.     First year applicants must complete a probationary period of up to one year.

D.     Payment of annual dues of $15.00 to be paid by October 1st of each year. After October 1st, the              dues will be $20.00.


A.    Ability to participate in all T.E.A.C.H.  related  activities and events,
         field trips, and parties.

B.     Access to monthly newsletters and our egroup.

C.     T.E.A.C.H. Membership directory


A.    Membership shall be revoked if the member's dues are more than three
         months past due.

B.    The member has violated the terms of these by-laws.  In the event of a
        member's resignation from membership or  revocation of membership, no
        member shall have any claim for refund of any monies paid.


A.   The Board of Directors is composed of established members: 
        Marsha Boyd, Anna Jones, Pamela Barker and Dawn Pooser

B.    The Board of Directors is responsible for overall policy and direction of the
        association.  Members of the Board shall receive no compensation.

C.    The Board reserves the right to refuse membership to any applicant.

A. Athletic Director: To be appointed by The Board of Directors annually. He or she will be responsible for overseeing all athletic teams and coaches. He or she will be under the authority of the Board of Directors.
B. All T.E.A.C.H. Leaders must be at least 23 years of age and must be approved by the Board of Directors. This includes athletic coaches, teachers and club coordinators.

C. All Athletic Teams are financially self-supporting and parental led (from fundraising to organizing team duties and finding approved coaches.


A.   We believe it is the Parents' responsibility to shape the Godly character 
       and guide the Christian education of their child/children.                                                     



 B.    In accordance with that belief, all parents and students are expected to
        represent T.E.A.C.H. with the highest standards of integrity and Christian
        character.  Therefore, at all T.E.A.C.H. related functions we require the
        following rules to be observed: 

              No Profanity

              No Smoking

              No Drugs or Alcohol

              No Fighting

              No Slander

              Dress Modestly (No Midriffs, No Halter Tops, No Bikinis, ONE PIECE bathing                               suits  ONLY  permitted at T.E.A.C.H. functions.)
              No inappropriate messages, pictures or symbols may be worn

              No Weapons

C.    We ask that our young men and young ladies treat each other with respect
        and refrain from all flirtatious behavior.  Although each family has the right
        and responsibility to address the "Dating Issue"  according to their own
        convictions, we do not promote or allow any public display of affection at any                  
        T.E.A.C.H. related functions.


A.    We Believe the Bible in its entirety to be the inspired and infallible word of
         God. The Bible in its original autograph is without error in whole or in part.

B.    We Believe God existed from all eternity in three persons, God the Father;
        God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

C.    We Believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, was begotten of the Holy
         Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and is fully God, and fully man.

D.    We Believe that all men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of
        God and are therefore under his wrath and just condemnation.

E.    We Believe that salvation is offered as a gift, free to the sinner.  This gift
        must be responded to in individual faith, not trusting in any personal works
        whatsoever, but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone.

F.    We Believe in sanctification by the blood of Christ, in personal holiness of
        heart and life, and in separation from the world.

G.    We Believe that the central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to
         pay the penalty for man's sins through his substitutionary death on the cross,
         the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by his visible, bodily
I have read, accepted and agree with the above Statement of Faith.


Sign: ________________________________________Date:____________________






Please print and retain the by-laws for your records and print, fill out, and submit completed membership application, liability waiver, detached and signed Statement of Faith, reference letters and dues (checks made payable to T.E.A.C.H.) to Dawn Pooser, 5580 Sidney Rd, Belhaven, NC 27810


T.E.A.C.H.'s Sports Policy

  The goal for the TEACH Sports Program is to develop good sportsmanship and teamwork for the glory and honor of God while providing our students with an opportunity to participate in competitive sports, as well as having fun.

   All teams will be supported and organized by parents who are working together to provide structure for accountability (keeping up with GPA's), direction and communication so that our athletes can grow and thrive in a balanced, positive way.


   The Athletic Director is the lead administrator for the T.E.A.C.H. Sports Program. He/She is only under the authority of the Board of Directors. He/She will appoint Team Coordinators for each team. The Team Coordinator, as well as the Fundraiser Coordinators, Scorekeepers, Time Keepers, and Uniform Coordiators as well as Gatekeepers will all be parents of the players and each family is expected to participate in the responsibilities of the organization of the team.

   The Athletic Director along with the coaches will be responsible for making the decision  about game cancellations due to weather. In the event that the Athletic Director is unavailable, the coaches and Board of Directors will make the final decision.


  1. Must be an approved member of T.E.A.C.H. w/ annual dues paid for current school year.

  2. No player who reaches the age of nineteen (19) prior to September 1st of the current academic year shall be eligible to play in that year.

  3. All players in all TEACH sports teams are required to be no lower than 7th grade.

  4. Recruiting for the sake of building a superior athletic program is strictly prohibited.

  5. Allowing players from private schools or public schools who have no sports teams and no opportunities to play will be allowed to play with us on a contingency basis. (If we do not have enough players to make a viable team, we will allow these students to join us.)

  6. No athlete is permitted to simultaneously participate in the athletic program of more than one (1) academic institution.( Or if the player has access to a team at his or her school they will not be permitted to play with us.)

  7. Players are expected to attend scheduled practices unless they inform the coach in advance.

  8. Any player who is currently earning a 2.0 or lower GPA will not be allowed to play until the GPA is over 2.0.

                        GAME REGULATIONS

  1. The host team's coach shall approach the visiting team's coach to introduce themselves and welcome them.

  2. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, a congratulatory handshake shall take place between coaches and players after each game.

  3. Lopsided victories may be unavoidable; however, teams shall not intentionally "run up" the score on any opponent.

  4. If at all possible, T.E.A.C.H. would like to have every player get at least some playing time during the games to help acclimate them to the real game experience and to enhance their playing ability for future games.

  5. The host team is generally responsible to provide a scorekeeper, timekeeper, game officials, attendants, or line judges.

  6. Officials shall eject any player or coach from the game for using profanity, throwing a temper tantrum, or fighting.

     a. The guilty party shall be suspended for the next full game regardless of when the dejection occurred during the game in question.

     b. Suspension applies whether the next game occurs during regular season, post season or tournament games.

     c. No disrespect will be allowed towards coaches, umpires, referees, judges, or other opponents. You may be removed from the game by your coach or Athletic Director.

                       PLAYING TIME PHILOSOPHY

     The coaches in each sport is encouraged to make every effort to play all players in every game, however, this is not a requirement and may not be expected in the case of tight games, when the advancement of tournament  play depends on winning the game, In this case, the head coach is allowed to skew playing time in order to increase the probability of victory and advancement.

     As a final note, playing time during regular games is a privilege that is earned during practice and by regular attendance, hard work and a positive attitude of respect and encouragement. Coaches are encouraged to reward faithfulness and heart with playing time.