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Hello, Homeschoolers!  Let me tell you about my homeschooling experience!  In 1986, I made the tough decision that I wanted to homeschool my children.  All of you know my reasons and motivation for making that decision.  At that time, in Alabama, homeschooling was not legal.  As the school year approached, I searched out and purchased curriculum for my son, who was 6, and my daughter, who was 11.  We were all excited about our new adventure!  The second day of our home school, a knock came upon our door.  I opened the door to greet a policeman who wanted to know why my children were not in school.  I explained that we had decided to home school this year.  He readily informed me that home schooling was not legal in Alabama and further told me that if my children were not enrolled in a school by the next morning at 8:00, he would return to arrest me and lock me up.  I knew that this man was not the one to argue with so I thanked him, assured him they would be and closed the door.  We spent the rest of the day deciding our plan of action.  We had friends in Texas and knew that homeschooling was not only legal, but very popular there.  We lived in one of our family homes, therefore, we packed up everything we had and stored it there on the farm.  At 8:00 the next morning, my husband and I took the children to a local christian school and registered them for the day, being obedient to the law.  We went back home, finished packing all our things and our car.  We picked the children up at 3:00, when school was over, and headed to Texas.  What a great adventure it was!  I homeschooled my two children for six years and loved every minute of it.  We moved from Texas to Georgia after a year and homeschooled there until 1991.  Those six years are very precious to us and they were absolutely the divine plan for that time.  Therefore, homeschooling has a very special place in my heart. ~Rita

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It has been such a delight to host in-home music lessons Rita has given our girls here at the Ranch.  We hear tentative voices exploring their range and tone possibilities in the fall.  By spring, they're full voice brimming over with confidence and enthusiasm.  Rita invests more than technical ability into our girls.  She invests love and interest as well.  In a momentary silence, we might slip in the practice room for something to find a girl huddled over the table sharing a special confidence or a private joke.  Rita shares herself -lock, stock and barrel and the results are multiplied talent, ability and a love for singing.  ~Larry and Bev Elliott, Houseparents at Big Oak Girl's Ranch
 
Music has been wonderful therapy for the girls in our house.  It has placed smiles on their faces and confidence in their hearts.  Another benefit has been a sense of belonging, and having a place to try their talents even though some think they don't have any.  It has shown them that if they try, they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to do.  ~Lucy Taylor, Big Oak Girl's Ranch

Charlie Gargus, Father of Show Choir Student

I thought I would take a minute just to drop you a line and say thanks...It takes a special person to gain the respect and admiration that kids bestow on you.  That respect and admiration can't be "created."  Kids see us all the way we truly are.  Elizabeth sees you as someone very special.  I am sure you reach those "trying" days just as we all do.  When they hit just, know you have a lot of prayers and thoughts of thanksgiving from more people than you know.

 

Tim and Sharon Kisor, Parents of Private Voice & Show Choir Student

We would like to thank Rita Allen for all the time, encouragement, guidance and confidence she has given to Laura over the last few years.  Laura started out with a dream of singing and performing.  Rita brought her out of her shell and she blossomed more and more each year.  She is now confident in performing and has the desire to go as far as she can go.  Rita has instilled in her the dedication and hard work that it takes to become the best she can be.  Laura now has a direction and goal that she is out to achieve and we will always be thankful to Rita Allen for her time, direction and excellence in guiding Laura down a path that will bring her a lifetime of enjoyment.

 

Cindy Tate, Mother of Private Voice & Show Choir Student

Rita, These past five years of training have greatly improved and refined Nikki’s vocal ability.  With your help we plan to apply for scholarships.  Your ability and availability to share your God-given talent will go beyond your personal life through these students and bless millions across America.Respectfully, Cindy

 

 

Ellen and Phillip Cochran, Parents of Choir Student

Etowah Live has been just wonderful!  I am so thankful that Rita has had the vision to offer this show choir for the students in Etowah County.  Cara has really enjoyed singing with the choir and has learned many different kinds of music…I appreciate the heart and soul Rita puts into practices and performances.  Her positive attitude is reflected in these students.  I know this choir has had an amazing impact on Cara’s life.  How many students can say they have sung at Carnegie Hall?  Thank you, Rita, for leaving positive footprints in Cara’s life!

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Concert Soloist & Music Instructor
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124 Aurene Road ~ Gadsden, Alabama 35904 
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Rita Young Allen...Southern Belle
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Jacksonville State University
Master of Science in Management (Healthcare Administration) from Troy University

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Music
Associate of Science in Music Education, Vocal Performance

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