Rally Day Activities

Celebrating Home Education!

A Call to Homeschool Families:

Take the Good News about Home Education to your Legislators


                      House of Representatives, State Capitol Building, Nashville, TN 37243

TN Home Schoolers

Capitol Hill Rally & Reception Day 2018

Rally Day, the Day on Capitol Hill hosted and sponsored by TN Home Education Association, www.tnhea.org, for Tennessee homeschooling families to bring the good report of home education to our elected law-makers. Following the horrific child abuse crimes committed by the Turpins, using homeschooling as a cloak to conceal their crimes, international, national & local media have called for tighter regulation of home schoolers. The Turpin criminal child abuse is not a home school issue but one of child abuse & neglect. Every state has tough child abuse & neglect laws as well as truancy laws. It is very important for our lawmakers to see their home schooling constituents and to learn about the strength & vibrancy of home education in Tennessee!  Join homeschoolers from across our state on Capitol Hill for Rally Day 2018!  We’ll gather for our Rally in the historic House of Representatives Chamber (see below) in our Capitol Building for a celebration of home education.


 New Offices

Why? Our state legislators have moved all their offices and Committee Rooms out of the Legislative Plaza and War Memorial Building into the repurposed Cordell Hull Building.

The Rally

We will have an abbreviated Rally, not in the War Memorial Auditorium because of this move, but in the beautiful and historic Tennessee House of Representatives Chamber in our Capitol Building. As other groups are doing since the move has occurred, we’ll have access to the House Chamber floor and the two galleries on either side of the Chamber for our Rally. We are connected to our lawmakers and their offices in the Cordell Hull Building through an amazing new under-ground tunnel!

Our Tennessee House of Representatives Chamber in the Capitol

Our Rally on Wednesday, March 14th will take place in the House Chamber beginning at 10:30 a.m. as we follow an earlier group meeting in the Chamber.  It will be a shorter version of past rallies because we don not gain access to this facility until 10:30. Still, we will have a great Rally even with the many differences!

Following the Rally, three options of Chick-Fil-A box lunches, which must be pre-purchased through the www.tnhea.org web site, will be available for families just down the hallway in the historic and gorgeous Senate Library.

The Historic Senate Library










The deep Underground Tunnel between the Capitol and the Legislative Offices in the Cordell Hull Building

What can my family do at Rally Day?

  1. Call your state Senator and Representative now to get an appointment to meet and talk with them on Rally Day. See details below of how to find who they are and how to call them.
  2. Plan to come to the Rally in the Historic House Chamber in the Capitol Building from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
  3. Pre-order your Chick-Fil-A box lunch at www.tnhea.org, and eat in the Capitol Building or on the Balconies surrounding it.
  4. Cookies are prepared for you to take to the legislator’s staff in our signature red gift bags
    and the staff cannot wait to get their cookies. Delivery begins when the Rally Program is over. The Cookie Delivery Table will set up on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull Office Building, accessed through the underground tunnel. Perhaps you’d wat to eat your lunch first and then go deliver Cookies to our law-makers and their staff.
  5. In the afternoon, from 1:00 – 4:00, Christian Communicators of Tennessee, CCT, www.CC-TN.org,
    will host a Student Congress Tournament for home schooled students in the Chambers of the Tennessee Senate. Learn more about this tournament at: https://studentcongress.homeschooldebate.netPrivate Appointments with Your Lawmakers – VERY IMPORTANT!The MOST important thing you and your family can do on Rally Day is scheduling meetings with your state Senator and state Representative. YOU, Tennessee home school families, support groups, teen groups, tutorials, co-ops, sports teams, speech & debate clubs, and, again, especially, family groups, meeting face-to-face with your law-makers is crucial! They want to see their constituents!  Please do this!Call now and make a 10-15-minute appointment with each of your two lawmakers. The best times to schedule your meeting will be after the Rally ends, between 12:00 and 4:30 p.m. or, if you can arrange this, prior to the Rally, before 10:30 a.m.Click here to go to the Find Your Legislators page on the Tennessee General Assembly web site: http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/Apps/fmlv3/districts.aspx  Use the tabs in the column on the right hand side of the page.Remember these are your representatives in a republic, representative form of government, dependent on your vote to hold office and therefore they are ultimately in office because you put them there. Again, this year as we toured their new office building, friendly law-makers stopped to speak with us and reiterated how much they enjoy seeing their constituents in their Capitol Hill offices.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. Take our signature Gift bag of Cookies to their office!For information on State Senators and Representatives, including phone numbers and email addresses, click

    To Find Your Legislator:

    Plan to bring each legislator 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! Many have told us there is no other day on Capitol Hill like Rally Day!!

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

    Cookie Delivery

    Before you visit your legislator please stop at the Cookie Gift Bag Table on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull Office Building and take a bag of Cookies to their staff along with the Rally Day 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 gift bags, now with help from the Memphis Home Education Association, MHEA, 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 before you go to your appointments.

    Even if you do not make an appointment with your legislators you can deliver cookies—it’s fun—the staff watches for our Cookie Gift Bags on Rally Day! Help with this effort between Noon to 3:00 p.m. on Rally Day!

    Prepare and bring an exhibit to be displayed in our Legislator’s Luncheon Reception area of the new Cordell Hull State Office Building showing what your homeschool is doing. If you have an exhibit you’d like to display, please contact Pam Archer at <davidandpam.archer@att.net> or call her at 615-516-6157.  There are tables for our use in the Legislator’s Luncheon Reception area. THEA will provide the to-the floor tablecloth for your table. You supply the display for the 5’ x 2’ tables!! If you miss Pam, leave a message with your request for a table and your contact information.



    Brief History of Rally Day

    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 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 with the tremendous change for our legislators in the move of their offices to the Cordell Hull Building, we’ll meet for our Rally in the Capitol Building’s historic House of Representatives Chamber.

    Activity Overview

    After the Rally, step down the beautiful hallway to the historic Senate Library to grab your pre-ordered (at www.tnhea.org) Chick-Fil-A boxed lunch, chips, cookie and water bottle. Meet with your lawmakers, take their staff our pre-prepared signature red gift bags of homemade goodies, watch the home school students as they debate the bills they have written in the Student Congress tournament in the historic Senate Chamber in the Capitol Building.

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

    Homeschooler’s Lunch – PRE-PAY ONLINE

    Lunch for home school families attending Rally Day will be served from tables in the beautiful Senate Library just down the hallway in the Capitol from the House of Representatives Chamber immediately following the Rally in the Auditorium.

    There are three choices of Chick-Fil-A Box lunches, all include chips, cookie and bottled water at $7.00 / person.

    The Homeschooler’s Rally Day lunch menu is:

    1. Option #1: Chick-Fil-A 12-count fried Nuggets, Ranch Dressing, water bottle, chips, & cookie.
    2. Option #2: Chick-Fil-A Chicken Wrap w/ Ranch Dressing, bottled water, chips, & cookie
    3. Option #3: Chick-Fil-A Chilled, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, bottled water, chips, & cookie.

    To register and pay for lunch, go to www.tnhea.org HOME, click on the Rally Day drop- down menu, select “Buy Lunch” & make your choice(s).

    Legislators Luncheon on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building

    THEA will serve a luncheon to all the legislators and their staff in the Conference Rooms on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building, just off the elevators. A homeschool group of parents and teens will represent us as they serve our guests, our Tennessee State law-makers, their staff, the State Troopers and other support staff.

    Homeschooled musicians, highly trained string and vocal soloists and small ensembles, flute and wind ensembles, and others, will be performing for our lawmakers, filling their hallways with the most beautiful music!

    Wednesday, March 14th is definitely the Home School Day on Capitol Hill!! We need you there! Don’t Miss it!!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    For parking in Nashville the two attached documents with information about the garages and surface lots including maps is included.

    Parking Nashville Downtown Garages

    Parking Nashville Surface Lots