THEA CAPITOL HILL RALLY and RECEPTION DAY
Celebrating Home Education!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
You don’t want to miss it!
Prelude Music begins at 8:45 am on April 8, 2014
A: Homeschooling families taking the good report about home education to their elected officials.
Plan to join us and Rally to celebrate homeschooling, communicating to our lawmakers that their continued protection of parental rights and religious liberty is foundational to our life style and educational choice, one which we want to protect for generations to come!
We are not only celebrating, but we are also promoting and protecting, home education as we Rally together at our state Capitol, bringing the good report of homeschooling to our lawmakers. We encourage you to make this a very memorable family or support group field trip to our Capitol joining with multiple hundreds of your fellow home educators!
Together we bring a strong message to those who make our laws that homeschooling is thriving in Tennessee, the rights of parents must be protected and guaranteed by our state laws and we want our lawmakers to represent us faithfully!! We look forward to together giving thanks to God as we celebrate home education with you and your family on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 16th!!
What To Do
2. Michael Farris will speak in the War Memorial Auditorium as part of the program, so come to the program 8:45 AM until about 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.
5. Also in the afternoon Christian Communicators of Tennessee will host a Student Congress Tournament in the chambers of the Tennessee House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.
6. Prepare an exhibit to be displayed in the hallway of the Legislative Plaza showing what your homeschool is doing. If you have an exhibit you’d like to display, please contact your THEA Area Coordinator.
Meet Your Legislators
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 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 set a visit your legislators, 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. Also plan to bring them 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” which is a great resource of Tennessee history! Some families stop in many legislators’ offices and ask them to sign their “Blue Book”. To “Find Your Legislator” use your home address and go to the lower right side of this link, or call 615 -741-3011, the Legislative Information number.
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!!
Cookie Delivery - FREE
To reserve the space for your display you need to contact Monday, April 1st to let the display coordinator know of your display so 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 coordinator know the footprint of your display. The display tables are set up in the Legislative Plaza in the afternoon on Monday the day before Rally Day and taken down by mid-afternoon on Rally Day. Contact the Display Coordinator by Monday at 9:00 PM two weeks before Rally Day, if you wish to have space on a display table. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Rally Day Display in the Subject.