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Family works, travels, and learns together with the fair

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Karlee Anderson has her pencil and her workbook, but she's not in a classroom. She studies at the fair as she works handing out wristbands.

"We decided to do home schooling and I'm already caught up and I'm about a week ahead of actual school," Karlee said.

Tough times hit her family at their home in Mississippi where Karlee's step dad Bobby worked on the road. He missed Karlee and her mother Jennifer, and after a family meeting they decided to home school Karlee while they hit the road with the fair together as a family.

"It's great because I don't have to worry about them, they're right here with me and I know what they're doing and we're able to stay together as a family," said Karlee's mother Jennifer.

Bobby worked at the fair since he was in his twenties. He didn't want another job that took him away from his family, so he was glad they came with him.

"It's lonely on the truck and being with the family means the world to me," he said.

Jennifer sells tickets at the booth while Bobby works on the rides. Whenever Jennifer gets free time, she switches from worker to teacher as she grades Karlee's work.

"I check her work and make sure she's doing the test, and doing what she's supposed to be doing," Jennifer continued. "I make sure that her answers are correct and all and just help her out when she needs it."

Karlee studies each of her 5 subjects an hour everyday and takes tests when she's ready. She misses her friends at school, but loves being part of a traveling family.

"You still get to annoy them you get to pick on them and all that you get to travel and go to different places and its fun, it's better than sitting at home it's like an adventure," Karlee said.

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