Celebrating Home Education!
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Be a Watchman on the Wall,
a Call to Homeschool Families
to be Ever Vigilant
Featured Speaker: Michael Donnelly
HSLDA Attorney for Tennessee
Music begins at 8:45 AM in the War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243 GPS Coordinates 36.165254, -86.781614
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.
“What can my family do at Rally Day?
- Call your Senator and Representative and get an appointment
to talk with them on Tuesday April 5, 2016.
- War Memorial Auditorium the program, so be sure to come to the Rally from 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM.
- 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 program is over.
- Also in the afternoon Christian Communicators of Tennessee
will host a Student Congress Tournament for home schooled students in the chambers of the Tennessee Senate and the old Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol Hill building. Go to https://studentcongress.homeschooldebate.net
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at 615-516-6157. Please leave a message if she does not answer.
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 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.
After the Rally 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 in the Student Congress tournament in the historic House of Representatives Chamber in the Capitol building.
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
Homeschooler’s Lunch – Pre PAY ONLINE
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 prepared 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 “Comments” section of the payment page)
- Choice of Bar-B-Que sauces
- Baked Beans
- Macaroni and cheese
- Cole Slaw
- Bag of chips
- Chilled Water Bottle
Legislators Luncheon in the Mezzanine
We 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, highly trained string ensembles, flute and wind ensembles, and others, perform for our lawmakers, filling their hallways with the most beautiful music!
Private Appointments with Your Lawmakers – VERY IMPORTANT!
One of the MOST important parts of our Rally Day is YOU, Tennessee home school families, support groups, 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 each of 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 republic, representative form of government, dependent on your vote to hold office and therefore they are untimately in office because you put them there. 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 and Representatives, including phone numbers and email addresses, click HERE.
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, 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!!
Before you visit your legislator please stop at the cookie bag table in the lower level of the legislative Plaza and take a bag of Cookies to their 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 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, reports, art work, sports teams, Speech & Debate activities, Mock Trial trophies, 4-H exhibits, 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 email@example.com 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 as soon as possible to let her know of your interest in having 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 and cloths for your table.
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 the day before Rally Day and they are taken down by 2:30 pm on Rally Day.
Contact the Pam by Wednesday, if you wish to have space on a display table.
Student Congress Final Round in the House Chamber
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 State Senate and in the old Supreme Court chamber 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 of the Senate or in seating provided in the old Supreme Court Chamber, our home educated students as they address their fellow student Senators in support or opposition to the bills and resolutions they have written. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house
After the program in the War Memorial Auditorium and your visits with your legislators, your family or group may take a self-guided tour or schedule a guided tour of the Capitol Building. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/about/capitolvisit.html
Tennessee State Museum – www.tnmuseum.org FREE Admission
On Tuesday the State Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 800-407-4324
The Museum is located in the lower level of the James K. Polk Cultural Center, across 6th Avenue from the War Memorial Auditorium at 505Deaderick Street.
The Tennessee Military Museum
The entrance to this Museum is on the south end (toward Union Street) of the War Memorial Auditorium Building on Legislative Plaza, near 7th and Union Street.
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.