Heather and Bradley Pepple carry on the Builders Club tradition in a nontraditional way. Though the siblings are home-schooled, they fulfill their passion for service as charter members of the Builders Club at Crossroads Christian School in Moody, Alabama.
“Builders Club is a very good way to meet people, use your talents and meet community needs,” Heather says. “You get to help everyone who needs help, even though we don’t get paid for it.”
More than 1.5 million students in the United States are home-schooled. As this number continues to grow, many home-schoolers—like the Pepples—join or help form community-based Builders Clubs to satisfy their thirst for serving others.
In Alabama, all home schools must be under the umbrella of a church. Crossroads Christian School, for example, is strictly for home-schooled children and limits it enrollment to 250 families. For Bradley and Heather, helping launch the Builders Club there this past November was a natural: Their dad, Mike, is a member of the Moody Kiwanis Club, its sponsor. (Their mother, Rhonda, is faculty advisor.)
Bradley is Builders Club president this school year, while Heather is the 6th grade representative. They attend the club’s board meeting, helping plan its service projects which, this year, included packing holiday boxes and organizing volunteers for Operation Christmas Child, helping with mission projects and participating in Dignity Escape School, a program to teach kids how to escape from being kidnapped.
The Moody Kiwanis Club also sponsors an active Key Club at the Christian school. It was chartered in 2006 and has grown from 34 members to more than 50.
Contact information:Crossroads Christian School
Faculty advisor: Rhonda Pepple, firstname.lastname@example.org