THEA Capitol Hill Rally & Reception Day

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Run with Endurance:
To God & His Truth Find Us Faithful

with featured guests

Steve and Marijean Green

bringing us encouragement & challenge
in word and song

Prelude music begins at 8:45 am in the War Memorial Auditorium.

Registration is at the bottom of this page in the bottom of the registration window

What is Rally Day?

Rally Day is a day on Capitol Hill  for Tennessee homeschooling families to bring the good report of home education to our elected officials while we gather in the historic War Memorial Auditorium and together celebrate home education. Register below!

More Information

  1. Call your Senator and Representative and get an appointment
    to talk with them on Tuesday April 14, 2015.
  2. Steve & Marijean Green will sing and speak in the War Memorial Auditorium as
    part of the program, so be sure to come to the Rally from 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM.
  3. Cookies will be prepared for you to take to the legislator’s staff
    and the staff cannot wait to get their cookies. Delivery begins when the program is over.
  4. Also in the afternoon Christian Communicators of Tennessee
    will host a Student Congress Tournament for home schooled students in the chambers of the
    Tennessee House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. Go to https://studentcongress.homeschooldebate.net
  5. Prepare an exhibit to be displayed in the hallway of the Legislative Plaza showing what your homeschool is doing. We have reserved the hallway space throughout the Legislative Plaza, the underground main office building of our lawmakers and the busiest hallway in the Legislative Complex.  We will provide tables with tablecloths for you to place tri-fold and displays of your home schooling activities. To show our lawmakers the myriad activities and dynamic socialization of home school students!  If you have an exhibit you’d like to display, either 3’ or 6’ footprint, please contact Pam Archer at davidandpam.archer@att.net or give her a call at 615-516-6157.

Since 1985, Tennessee Home Education Association, THEA, has hosted a Rally Day on Capitol Hill for the purpose of informing our legislators of the benefits of home education, “bringing the good report of home education” to them, giving them a clear picture of our growing, vibrant community which keeps a watchful eye on their actions, following their voting which can impact our liberties. Rally Day has certainly become a Day when we join together and celebrate God’s goodness to us as home educators in Tennessee! That’s what this year is definitely about!

Since its beginning in 1985, Rally Day has grown tremendously! In 1985 we rented the Legislative Cafeteria, with tables of curriculum and a Reception line filled with home-made goodies. Now we rent the 1000 seat War Memorial Auditorium, WMA, connected to our lawmaker’s offices in the War Memorial Building, WMB, and the Legislative Plaza, LP, and via a tunnel under Charlotte Avenue to the Capitol Building. In this beautiful historic auditorium built to honor WW I veterans, we hold our morning Rally from 8:45 – 11:00 AM.

This year we celebrate home education as we hear from our guests, former home schoolers, Steve & Marijean Green, honor our young people, hear their speeches and enjoy their musical performances in the War Memorial Auditorium. After the Rally meet with your lawmakers, take their staff our pre-prepared signature red and blue gift bags of homemade goodies, watch the home school students as they debate the bills they have written in the in the Student Congress tournament  in the historic House of Representatives Chamber in the Capitol building.

Learn more about Steve Green at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDhUnfHoMrQ

As you can tell, lots takes place during the Rally! As many as 100 or more people will be on and off the stage. Home school musical groups will thrill us with their amazing talent and beautiful music! Legislators will be honored. Outstanding Students   from each of the eight THEA chapters, will be congratulated. Special student speakers will include the Junior Varsity and Senior Varsity first place winners of the Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Worldview Speech Contest

Lunch for home school families attending Rally Day will be served on the Courtyard directly outside the War Memorial Auditorium immediately following the Rally in the Auditorium.

The lunch is catered by Whitt’s Bar-B-Que and costs $7.00 / person.

The Homeschooler’s Rally Day lunch menu is:

  • Whitt’s Bar-B-Que Turkey or Pork Sandwich (you may indicate which type of meat you prefer on the payment page)
  • Choice of Bar-B-Que sauces
  • Baked Beans
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cole Slaw
  • Bag of chips
  • Cookie
  • Chilled Water Bottle
To register and pay for lunch, register for Rally Day using the form below and follow the confirmation link to pay.
If you have already registered for Rally Day and would like to add meals to your registration, click here to sign up and pay for lunch.

 

We now serve a luncheon to all the legislators and their staff in the mezzanine, the large hallway between the WMA, the WMB & the LP, a high traffic area for our lawmakers. A homeschool group of parents and teens represent us as they serve our guests. The teens are an award-winning choral group and have named themselves The Singing Servers, as they will step back from the Reception tables to serenade the lawmakers with their amazing harmonies and well-trained voices!

When they are not singing and back to serving, other homeschooled musicians, and highly trained string ensembles, Flute and Wind ensembles, and others, perform for our lawmakers, filling their hallways with the most beautiful music!

One of the MOST important parts of our Rally Day is YOU, Tennessee home school families, support groups, Troops, sports teams, Speech & Debate Clubs, again and especially, family groups, scheduling meetings with your state Senator and state Representative. Please do this!

Call now and make a 10-15 minute appointment with your two lawmakers. See below guidelines on how to reach them. The best times to schedule your meeting will be after the Rally ends, between 11:30 and 4:30 p.m. or, if you can arrange this, prior to the Rally, before 8:45 a.m.

Remember these are your representatives in a republican, representative form of government,
dependent on your vote to hold office and therefore accountable to you. When you meet face-to-face with your legislators always be courteous, respectful and gracious! Remember you are putting a face on homeschooling for them, so that when they vote on legislation which will impact us, they will think of you and your family!

This is a crucial part, perhaps the MOST important part, of our Day on Capitol Hill!!

So we very much encourage homeschooling Dads and Moms to bring your children and schedule a visit with your legislators, your Representative and Senator. Represent Tennessee home educators and count this as a civics lesson for your children! Call your legislator’s offices and let their receptionist know that you wish to meet them as you’ll be on Capitol Hill for Rally Day.

For information on State Senators, including phone numbers and email addresses, click HERE; for House members, click HERE.

To Find Your Legislator:

Plan to bring your legislators a letter from your children, thanking them for their service to our state. Take your camera and have a picture made with them. Ask them for an autographed copy of “The Tennessee Blue Book”, a great resource of Tennessee history! Some families stop in many legislators’ offices and ask them to sign their “Blue Book”.

One more thing…we continue to hear from the legislator’s and their staff that they love Rally Day, they love seeing family groups in their hallways and offices, that there is no other day on Capitol Hill like Rally Day!!

AND that is because of you!! Plan to be there with your family!!

Plan to stop at the tables in the lower level of the legislative Plaza before you make your visit and take the bag of Cookies to the staff along with the Program Booklet for your lawmakers.

The West Tennessee Home Education Association, WTHEA, has for over a decade prepared 180 dozen cookies and sweet treats in our signature red & blue gift bags for the staff in our legislator’s offices.

WE NEED YOU to take Cookies with you to the offices of your legislators when you visit. Pick them up at the COOKIE tables on the first floor level of the Legislative Plaza (the lowest level within their office complex) before you go to your appointments.

Even if you do not make an appointment with your legislators you can deliver cookies—its fun—the staff watches for our Cookie Gift Bags on Rally Day!

Help with this effort between 11:30 and 3:00 on Rally Day!

Like almost all groups which lobby our state lawmakers, we reserve the hallway space along the walls in the busy, busy Legislative Plaza (the lowest level within their office complex where all their Committee Rooms are located) for you to bring tri-fold displays of your students’ science & other special projects, art work, sports teams, Speech & Debate activities, Mock Trial trophies, 4-H exhibits, Scout troops and your support group activities.

All of these give a visual presentation to our lawmakers of the vibrancy and accomplishments and SOCIALIZATION of home educators — they bring the good report of home education!

To reserve the space for your display you need to contact Pam Archer at davidandpam.archer@att.net with Rally Day Display in the subject line or call her at 615-516-6157 and leave a message with your phone number.

You must contact Pam by Wednesday, April 1st to let her know of your display.  She will need your cell phone number so she can reach you on Rally Day. She will make certain that we have adequate table space.

For the space requirements, we ask you to bring either 3’ or 6’ displays. Be sure to let the Pam know the footprint of your display.

Be sure to put your name on the back of the display to identify it as yours! The display tables are set up in the Legislative Plaza in the afternoon on Monday, April 13th, the day before Rally Day and they are taken down by 2:00 pm on Rally Day.

Contact the Pam by Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00 PM, if you wish to have space on a display table.

After the program in the War Memorial Auditorium and your visits with your legislators, take a self-guided tour or schedule a guided tour of the Capitol Building. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/about/capitolvisit.html

From 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Christian Communicators of Tennessee, CCT, www.cctennessee.org, will be holding the Final Round of its Davy Crockett Student Congress Tournament in the beautiful, historic Chamber of our House of Representatives, the largest space within the State Capitol. This Tournament is always scheduled in conjunction with Rally Day.

If your students wish to participate in this Student Congress Tournament, go to https://studentcongress.homeschooldebate.net


Plan to come and observe, in the comfortable gallery on either side of this magnificent Chamber, our home educated students as they address their fellow student Representatives in support or opposition to the bills and resolutions they have written. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house

Here is a link to the “Park It!” web site indicating all the parking garages and lots in downtown Nashville: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/maps

Good garage lots are the Library Garage, (151 6th Ave N, connected to the Nashville Public Library) and the McKendree Center Garage, (140 6th Ave N), though there are many garages and lots available. Open the link and consider copying, pasting, printing the map and bringing it with you.

 

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