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Florida Store offers home schoolers books

PORT ST. LUCIE — Cathy Grady picked up a second job at a Publix deli counter so she could start her bookstore.

The independent store on U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie occupies a unique niche: It’s believed to be the only consignment store in the area selling used books for home schoolers.

‘I knew that home schooling was becoming bigger and bigger in our country,’ said Grady, who is home schooling her son, John, 7. ‘I was surrounded by like-minded people who have the same vision.’

Since opening ABC’s: A Book Consignment Store for Homeschoolers a year ago, Grady has managed to tap into the home school community’s exploding growth.

There are 2 million children schooled at home nationwide, said Cyndi Simmons, editor in chief of Homeschooling Parent Magazine, based in Conroe, Texas. The home-schooling industry is growing at a national rate of 25 percent a year, Simmons said. Read more…

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