Central and western NH’s secular, inclusive, and fun homeschool co-op
Gear Up Homeschoolers is a secular non profit 501(c)3 corporation. We are a completely volunteer run organization. Our group provides a safe and inclusive educational enrichment environment for all alternatively educated students. We are located at The Old Graded School Building on Main Street in Warner, NH. This is a great space with an enclosed playground out back. Every Friday, from September to May, we host classes and groups for students K-12. We do have many preschoolers and often have engaging things for them to join in also. We host over 200 classes and groups each year.
Some of our past experiences include:
- Destination Imagination
- Poetry Out Loud – expanded version created just for Gear Up
- Community Art Walks
- volunteering for the Warner Area Food Pantry
- Sketching to the Music
On Friday afternoons we typically have two 55 minutes sessions with a third 30 minute session. We start promptly at 1 (doors open at 12:30) and end about 3:30 – then clean up and socialize. Each session has multiple classes, loosely divided by age level. You can see some examples by checking out our classes.
Gear Up believes in igniting passion. We encourage our student members to take the front stage and teach their passion. These classes and groups are called Peer Instructed Programs – PIPs. Every child who wants to teach a PIP can. They are often our most enjoyed classes!
We are located on Main Street in Warner NH. Easily and quickly accessible from either exit 8 or 9 off of I-89. We are at The Old Graded School Building – a large stucco building, 49 West Main St. Warner NH 03278. We use the third/top floor of the building, enter through the right side door.
In 2013, a group of Kearsarge area homeschoolers decided to create an enrichment cooperative for local families and students. In order to keep things organized, we soon developed the Executive Committee that was tasked with taking care of Gear Up business. In 2015, we incorporated into a non-profit and our Executive Committee became the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Our current board of directors is listed below. Feel free to contact any one of them with questions about Gear Up, how to join, or to make a donation.
Elizabeth Labbe – President
Emily Ricard – Treasurer
Crystle Pishon – Web Director
Jessica Lomanno – Secretary – Yearbook Director
Debbie Harne – Chorus Director – Co-Scheduling Coordinator
Heather Jacques – Theater Director
Merrilea Tanner – Director