The Messenger – LEAH’s quarterly magazine

This magazine is a part of LEAH’s ministry to home educators. Our goal is to serve homeschoolers through education, information, inspiration, encouragement, and to present a positive image of home education.

The Messenger is published four times per year by:
NYS Loving Education At Home
6102 Hanover Rd
Farmington, NY 14425

Editor-in-Chief- Jeremy & Seanna Shugars

Subscription to The Messenger is included as one of the many benefits you receive when you join LEAH.

Editorial Policy

The opinions expressed by contributors within The Messenger are those of the authors, not necessarily those of LEAH. Please note that nothing in this publication should be construed as legal advice. LEAH exists to educate, inform, and serve New York State home educators. For additional information regarding the values of LEAH, please see our Statement of Faith.

Submission Guidelines
LEAH members, this is YOUR magazine. Please send your articles, letters, photos, events, and ideas to share with your fellow homeschoolers across NY. Submissions should be sent electronically, if possible, to the Editor-in-Chief.

Alternatively, submissions can be sent to:

Jeremy & Seanna Shugars
Attn: Editor-in-Chief, The Messenger
6102 Hanover Rd
Farmington, NY 14425

If you wish your material returned, please include an appropriate-size self-addressed, stamped-envelope (SASE). LEAH cannot be responsible for the return of submitted material or photos without a SASE.

Article size – One page, 500-900 words

Submission Deadlines By Issue (Mailing Dates are approximately 1 month later) :
1st Quarter (Summer/Back to School): June 23
2nd Quarter (Christmas 2014): October 24
3rd Quarter (Winter/Downstate Convention/Encouragement): January 10
4th Quarter (Spring/LEAH Conference): March 10

You are invited to advertise your products or services in our quarterly magazine, The Messenger. This popular publication is mailed to the homes of our member families across New York, and contains articles of interest and encouragement to our homeschoolers.

The Messenger exists solely to advance homeschooling and to further the educational goals of homeschooling families by providing encouragement, support, and resources. We gladly accept advertisements that support these goals. Advertisements not directly related to homeschooling, but of possible interest to homeschooling families, are accepted upon review. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement without comment or explanation. Advertising with LEAH does not express or imply an endorsement of products or services.

To ensure placement, please submit your ads well in advance of above deadlines. (See “Submission Guidelines”)

Jeremy & Seanna Shugars
Editor-in-Chief, LEAH Messenger
Email Address:

If you are providing electronic copy, your payment must reach the Editor-in-Chief via regular mail before the deadlines – no exceptions. Please make checks or money orders payable to NYS LEAH.  (For Mailing Address, email Seanna at

Size Normal Rate
1/8 Page $55
1/4 Page $85
1/3 Page $115
1/2 Page $160
Full Page $265

*These prices are valid through May 2015.

Ad Size Specifics

1/8 page: 2×3.5″ horizontal or vertical
1/4 page: 3.5×5″ vertical
1/3 page: 7.5×3″ horizontal OR 3×11″ vertical
1/2 page: 8.5×5.5″ horizontal
Full page: 8.5×11″

Please include 1/2″ margins on all ads. This will ensure that no part of your ad will be cut off in the printing process.

Note that there will be an additional fee if you need an ad created.

LEAH Kids Connection- Fall Issue 2014!

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The answer is - “Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.”

Summer Photography Contest- Updated with Winning Cover Photo
Thanksgiving Wallpaper

LEAH Thanksgiving Wallpaper 14

Spring Poetry Contest

Winners will be posted on Friday May 9th ~S

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Questions? Email Jeremy & Seanna Shugars at:

Submit poetry to:

Young Writers Contest Winners

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The winners of the “Young Writer’s Contest” are:                                                                                                  (updated 2/12/14)

First Place – Madeline Chase, “Mountaintop Tree Field”

Second Place – Anna Parinisi,  “Christmas Caroling”

Third Place – Kayla Holcomb – “Christmas Traditions”

Thank you to Injoy, Inc Publishing for sponsoring the “Young Writers Contest”!!