Pioneer Florida Field Trip

Living History and Civil War Reenactments – School Day

Families will get to tour Union and Confederate Camps. Our group will rotate through learning stations featuring musical instruments, hospital units, cannons, rifles, and cavalry.

  • Friday, February 22
  • Begins at 10 AM sharp, ends by 1 PM
  • Plan to meet at the gate no later than 9:45 AM
  • $5 CASH per person – ages 4 and under FREE
  • This rate and day is only available to school groups.
  • This is a self-led tour, but we must stay together as a group.
  • To attend, RSVP to fieldtrips@allianceforknowledge.org

In order to join the Alliance for a field trip you MUST be a member. Click Here to join. Family Membership is $10/year. Membership applications are processed weekly. For this field trip your membership must be submitted by Sunday, February 17th and membership fee must be paid by February 20th. Late submissions may not be honored.

For more informations about the Pioneer Florida Museum and this event, visit their website. FREE Lesson Plans are on this page as well!

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Open Classes – Spring 2 Session

Spring 2 Session still has openings!  Registration is NOW OPEN!

Registration is open for ALL families for the following classes. 

Registration will close on February 20th.   

Brandon – Tuesdays, March 26 – May 30  (No Class April 2)

  • Introduction to the Bill of Rights and the US Government (Grade 6 and up) 1-1:50PM17 spots

Gardenville – Thursdays, March 28 – May 30  (No Class April 4)

  • LEGO Builders (Grades 4th-8th) 9-9:50AM3 spots
  • Improving Vocabulary with Greek and Latin Words (Grades 5 and up) 11-11:50AM9 spots

CLICK HERE to register for open classes and for more details about each class. 

FREE Health and Wellness Program!

The Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge and the Hillsborough County Department of Health have collaborated to offer a 6-week, 50 minute health and wellness program, called GIFT-LEAP.  

Children and their families will learn:

  • how to encourage healthy eating habits
  • fun ways to increase physical activity
  • how to shop for healthy food on budget
  • how to incorporate healthy habits into a busy schedule

This FREE program is available for students aged 5-9 and limited to 20 students.  Ages and limits are set by the Department of Health.  Siblings (older and younger) are able to sit quietly on the side with parents.  Parents are required to be present on the 1st and 6th days and are highly encouraged, but not required to attend the others.

Classes are interactive and will include 20 minutes of physical activity.

This program will be offered at: 

Gardenville in the Multi-Purpose Room beginning January 31st at 12PM

  • Registration ends on January 25 or when capacity has been reached.

Brandon in the Gym beginning April 9th at 12PM

  • Registration ends on April 5 or when capacity has been reached.

Registration is required and opens on Monday, January 14th at 9AM. 

****** This program does not count as a co-op class and would not grant new families Early Registration status. ******

Click here to register for Gardenville and Brandon sites. 

Shadow a Site Supervisor

Our co-op is whole-heartedly cooperatively operated.  Every person seen working on co-op days and those hidden behind the scenes, are volunteers who give with their heart.  As the co-op has grown, our founding members’ responsibilities have shifted to more behind-the-scenes work.  Your founders pour a ton of heart, soul, and sweat into our co-op; all for the vision of a truly inclusive and welcoming co-op.

Here is where you come in.  We need Site Supervisors. 

We need volunteers who can be the face of the co-op on class days at our Brandon and Gardenville sites.  Site Supervisors ensure families are checked in, help with last minute kerfuffles, and relay messages to the founding board members.  

Site Supervisors are vital to keeping our co-op operating well on class days! 

If you think you might be someone who can do this, you are invited to shadow one of our board members in January. 

If you are interested, please Contact Us!

This is a no-strings-attached offer.  You will not be guilted into taking the position if you decide it’s not for you. Besides getting to know your board members better, being a Site Supervisor comes with the awesome perk of teacher level registration!  

What exactly does a Site Supervisor do? Click here to read the full job description.

Our co-op is a success because of our families! Thank you for being a part of our co-op family!

Needed: Field Trip Coordinator

Interested in volunteering as a Field Trip Coordinator? Click here and fill out the application form!

Happy New Year!

2019 is an exciting new chapter for the Alliance of the Pursuit of Knowledge, Inc., the non-profit organization that makes the Learning Co-ops possible, as well as:

The Alliance Community Music Ensemble,

Workshops for children and adults,

Classes by the American Sewing Guild,

and….

…Field Trips!

But everything we do is made possible by everyone who volunteers to help. We need help so that we can keep providing fun, affordable, and unique Field Trips as a regular, ongoing program in the Alliance.

We need a Field Trip Coordinator!

Click Here to apply!

What does the job entail?

  1. Come up with Field Trip Ideas (a list of possible field trips including special events, programs, activities, classes, locations)Schedule TWO field trips per month (or more).
  2. Compile field trip information.
  3. Handle Sign ups
  4. Handle Payments

For a complete job description and/or to apply click here!

PERK: Choice of free membership in the Alliance OR early registration for classes at the Homeschool Learning Co-Op.

APPLY NOW!

Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge, Inc. – MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Alliance is a FAMILY membership. Cost is $10/family per year.

Note: You DO NOT need to be a member of the Alliance in order to be a part of the homeschool co-ops at Brandon and Gardenville and the American Sewing Guild classes.

Benefits of membership (click here to access the membership form):

  1. Access to field trips.
  2. Access to workshops.
  3. Volunteering opportunities.
  4. Access to Alliance Members Facebook Page.
  5. Ability to rehearse/perform with the Alliance music ensemble.

Membership is not complete until you have paid the family membership fee.
**After completing and submitting the membership form, the organizers will review form and will generate an invoice for the membership fee.
**Invoices will be sent via PayPal on each Monday. Once you receive the invoice, please submit your payment. If you have any difficulties, please email us at info@allianceforknowledge.org.
**We will provide a reminder for payment two weeks after the first invoice. Failure to pay within 30 days after the first invoice will result in your membership form being removed and you will not be able to participate in member activities.

Registration & Fundraising Updates!

In this post:

  • We still have spots open in some classes! Click here to register
  • Signing up for wait-lists is highly encouraged.
  • Registration closes December 16th, 2018.
  • Fundraisers have been a success: No extra admin fee will be charged in the Spring!
  • We still have ongoing Fundraisers!
  • Meet Suzette Foister – our new Fundraiser Coordinator.


Registration Updates (click here to register)

The following classes still have spots open! We encourage you to register for at least one class if you are a new family, that way you can have priority registration in the Fall. 

If the classes you want are full, DO SIGN UP FOR THE WAIT-LIST for those classes! We often have people who drop out of classes at the last minute.

Brandon Spring 1:

Tuesdays: Jan 15th – Mar 5th
Presentation day: Thursday Mar 14th @ Gardenville Rec Center

  • Little’s Literacy (3-5y.o.; PreK-K) 12pm: 2 spots open
  • Nutrition and the American Food Supply (9-14y.o.; 4th-8th grades) 1pm: 5 spots open

Brandon Spring 2:

Tuesdays Mar 26th – May 21st
NO CLASSES APRIL 2ND
Presentation Day: Thursday May 30th @ Gardenville Rec Center

  • Introduction to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and United States Government (6th+grades; 11+y.o.) 1pm: 17 spots open

Brandon Spring Extended:

Tuesdays Jan 15th – Mar 5th 
NO CLASSES APRIL 2ND
Mid-Semester Presentation Day: Thursday Mar 14th @ Gardenville Rec Center
Tuesdays Mar 26th – May 21st 
Final Presentation Day: Thursday May 30th @ Gardenville Rec Center

  • Ancient Civilizations (4th+grade; 9+y.o.) 9am: 4 spots open

Gardenville Spring 1: 

Thursdays Jan 17th – Mar 7th 
Presentation Day: Thursday Mar 14th @ Gardenville Rec Center

  • Intro to Economics (5th+grades; 10+y.o.) 11am: 2 spots open
  • Preschool Prep (3-5y.o.; PreK-K) 11am: 2 spots open
  • Upcycle Crafts (11y.o.-teens; 6th+grades) 1pm: 4 spots open

Gardenville Spring 2:

Thursdays Mar 28th – May 23rd 
NO CLASSES APRIL 4TH
Presentation Day: Thursday May 30th @ Gardenville Rec Center

  • Community Volunteers (6y.o.-teens; 1st+grades) 9am: 2 spots open
  • Improving Vocabulary with Greek/Latin words (5th+grades; 10+y.o.) 11am: 9 spots open
  • LEGO Builders (4th-8th grade; 10-13y.o.) 9am: 3 spots open

Gardenville Spring Extended:

Thursdays Jan 17th – Mar 7th
Mid-Semester Presentation Day: Thursday Mar 14th @ Gardenville Rec Center
Thursdays Mar 28th – May 23rd 
NO CLASSES APRIL 4TH
Final Presentation Day: Thursday May 30th @ Gardenville Rec Center

  • Spanish Grammar (3rd+grades; 9+y.o.): 2 spots open

Fundraiser Updates!

We are pleased to announce that thanks to the great efforts put forth by our new Fundraiser Coordinator – Suzette Foister – and our wonderful community of families and friends, we have raised the necessary funds to cover liability insurance costs! 

This means we will NOT be collecting the Session Administrative Fee!

We still have fundraisers that are ongoing, so if you or your family and friends want to help keep our classes affordable, there are many ways to do so, including:

  • Amazon Smile (if you are shopping through amazon, be sure to go through this link: http://www.smile.amazon.com and select Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge as the charity you wish to help. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to us!)
  • BoxTops for Education: It’s not just cereal anymore! Check out this link to see the list of participating products. We collect these during class sessions at both locations, but are willing to pick them up, just contact us
  • Paypal Donations: click here to donate!

Meet Suzette – the one who organized a variety of fundraisers to keep our costs low!

Suzette is a mother, wife, business owner and artist. She has taught many Art classes at the co-op for a variety of ages and is a vital member of our team, taking on the arduous yet rewarding task of coordinating fundraisers that will continue to help us provide inclusive, quality learning opportunities to the community at a low cost.

Fundraising Updates! (Multi-Family Yard Sale, 5 Below, Amazon Smile, and Paypal)

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It is amazing how much our new Fundraiser Coordinator, Suzette Foister, has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time! If you get a chance, please let her know your gratitude for her time and efforts in making it possible for us to continue providing affordable, inclusive quality learning opportunities for the community!

There are MANY ways to show your gratitude and support Suzette’s efforts 🙂 …let us list the way:


#1 (ENDING FRIDAY!) Project Stocking Stuffer: Five Below Fundraiser

This link will take you to the Facebook event with details.

GET Your Stocking Stuffers on for a cause with the Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge! 

We are currently holding a FUNdRAISER Event At fiVe BELow Brandon (in Regency)

THE BEST PLACE TO GET HOT STUFF AT COOL PRICES AND RAISE MONEY FOR OUR ORGANIZATION!

fiVe BEL O W carries stationery, school supplies, computer software, books,
electronic accessories, sporting goods, games, t-shirts, jewelry, hobbies, collectibles, bath
and body, candy, snacks and beverages, room décor, storage, seasonal items plus much
more! And everything is priced at $5 or less!

Dates: December 1 st through December 7th, 2018 (ENDS THIS FRIDAY!!)
Hours: 10a.m.-9p.m.
Location: 2424 W. Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511

10% of the total dollars spent by our Organization will be donated BACK to us!
Please don’t forget to bring this flyer to the event so that we
get credit for your purchase! (Flyer in the event thread)

Be sure to bring this flyer when you shop at Five Below this week!

you can also download it here

Print the flyer and share with everyone you know!!!


#2 Multi-Family Yard sale!

As the donations continue to arrive, Suzette and volunteers have taken on the task of categorizing items in preparation for our big day!

You can still sign up to help! Contact us via email!

What: Fundraiser Multi-Family Yard Sale link

Date: Saturday December 8th

Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: 1810 Powder Ridge Dr., Valrico, FL

Volunteers helping make signs for our big Multi-Family Fundraiser Yard Sale this weekend!

#3 Ongoing Opportunities for Making Donations

1. AmazonSmile will give us .5% of your purchases

If you are using Amazon for shopping for the holidays, be sure to go through the Amazon Smile program by using this link to shop. You will be prompted to select a charity to support, you can search for Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge (type in “Pursuit of Knowledge” for better search results) and then select it. 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

2. Donate Via PayPal

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You can now make donations directly to us via PayPal using this link

3. BoxTops for Education (we get 10 cents for each clip!)

  • Every clip counts! Do you have BoxTops you can give us?
  • Contact us so we can get them from you!
  • We also collect them when classes are in session at either of our co-op locations.
  • It’s not just cereal! Click here to see all the eligible products

Who are we? We are Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of providing quality, inclusive, affordable learning opportunities for the community at large. We currently coordinate two homeschool co-ops, a community music ensemble, and field trips for families in the community. We have created a collaborative alliance with Hillsborough Department of Parks and Recreation, the American Sewing Guild, and Gannon University to create unique opportunities for those who want to pursue knowledge, and aim to continue building relationships throughout the community. Follow our page on Facebook or email us for more information at: info@AllianceForKnowledge.org.

Spring 2019 Registration: Feedback Wanted & Classes Update

Whew! We made it! Today was the day we opened registration for returning families, and we have been in touch with everyone who has reached out, letting us know about the good and the challenges they faced when trying to register. 

Each semester we add more classes, more families, more information, and more details to our instructions and F.A.Q.’s and some processes change. We are very happy to receive all of your feedback and try our very best to respond almost immediately, but there are still circumstances where not everyone gets what they really wanted. 

We want to have all of your feedback in one location so that we can refer to it as we prepare the portal for the Fall and subsequent seasons. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and willingness to get in touch with us so that we can help resolve issues. If you have a chance, we encourage you to follow this link and fill out the form with feedback. Feel free to include the good, the bad, and anything in between. We want to make this as easy as possible and prepare for the continuous growth we have been experiencing.

While you fill out the form, we do hope you will keep a few things in mind:

  1. There is nothing we want more than to be able to guarantee a spot to all families that are interested in our classes! That will continue to be our ultimate goal. However, we have a multitude of restrictions that make it difficult to do so. For one, we don’t have a lot of space available, and the time slots we have available for classes are limited. Secondly, our classes rely 100% on volunteers – if we don’t have enough volunteers to fill all the available spots, we will not force anyone to teach and those spots will remain unused. 
  2. We will be actively looking into alternate registration sites for future sessions. While Jumbula has been a great site during our beginning stages, it seems we may need an alternative route in the future as we grow. However, every website we use will have its pros and cons, and it will be a learning process for everyone involved – especially for us, the organizers!
  3. Please don’t hesitate to let us know any issues you had, but please understand it is also very helpful to know what things work well so that we can be sure to continue using them.
  4. Feel free to use as much detail as you’d like!

This link will take you to the registration feedback form


Spring 2019 Classes Update!

Please note: If the classes you wanted are already full, we strongly encourage you to sign up for the waitlist!

Brandon Spring 1:

  • Beginning Sign Language (Season C) (4-8y.o.; PreK-2nd grade): 1 SPOT LEFT
  • Crazy 8s Math Club (4-8y.0.; K-2nd grade): 1 SPOT LEFT
  • Littles Literacy (3-5y.o.; PreK-K): 3 SPOTS LEFT
  • Nutrition and the American Food Supply (4th-8th grade; 9-14y.o.): 6 SPOTS LEFT

Brandon Spring 2: 

  • Beginning Earth Science (1st – 3rd grade; 6-9y.o.): 1 SPOT LEFT
  • Introduction to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and United States Government (6th grade and up; 11y.o. and up): 18 SPOTS LEFT
  • Readers Theater (2nd-4th grade; 7-10y.o.): 1 SPOT LEFT

Brandon Extended:

  • Ancient Civilizations (4th grade and up; 9y.o. and up): 1 SPOT LEFT

Gardenville Spring 1:

  • 3D Art (7-12y.o.; 2nd-6th grade): 2 SPOTS LEFT
  • Intro to Economics (5th grade and up; 10y.o. and up): 4 SPOTS LEFT
  • LEGO Builders (4th-8th grade; 10-13y.o.): 1 SPOT LEFT
  • Preschool Prep (3-5y.o.; Prek – K): 5 SPOTS LEFT
  • Upcycle Crafts (11y.o. – teens; 6th grade and up): 6 SPOTS LEFT

Gardenville Spring 2:

  • Community Volunteers (6y.o. to teens; 1st grade and up): 7 SPOTS LEFT
  • Improving Vocabulary with Greek/Latin Words (5th grade and up; 10y.o. and up): 10 SPOTS LEFT
  • LEGO Builders (1st-3rd grade; 6-9y.o.): 5 SPOTS LEFT
  • LEGO Builders (4th-8th grade; 10-13y.o.): 4 SPOTS LEFT

Gardenville Extended:

  • Spanish Grammar (3rd grade and up; 9y.o. and up): 3 SPOTS LEFT
  • Littlest Learners (under 4 y.o.): 3 SPOTS LEFT

Be sure to read our F.A.Q.s ahead of time! It has very important and useful information on how to navigate the registration portal!!!

Registration Details (Dec 2018)

There are two seasons for which we will be opening registration. Please take note of the dates registrations and classes will occur, and follow links for more information about classes and workshops:

  • Winter 2018 Season
  • Spring 2019 Season
    • Brandon: Spring 1, Spring 2, and Extended Spring Sessions
      • Classes Begin January 15, 2019
      • Registration Link: click here
      • Registration Opens November 26th for Returning Families (you will receive an email with passwords Nov 26th at 8a.m.)
      • Registration Opens for Everyone December 3rd, 2018
    • Gardenville: Spring 1, Spring 2, and Extended Spring Sessions
      • Classes Begin January 17th, 2019
      • Registration Opens November 26th for Returning Families (you will receive an email with passwords)
      • Registration Opens for Everyone December 3rd, 2018