Home School Day at the State Capitol

Homeschool Day at the State Capitol

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Many thanks to Senator Kruse for being our sponsor!

Log-in to the private side of the website to register for the event and for a Statehouse tour.  It can be found on the February 25, 2015 calendar date.  Registration will assist us in estimating our printing needs.  Thank you!

As you may already be aware, there are multiple threats to your homeschool freedom. Are homeschool rights important to you?   Make sure your legislators know. What is a great way to show them? Attend Home School Day at the Indiana Statehouse!

IAHE has an educational and advocacy event planned for Home School Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and will end around 3 p.m.   The rally is our main event at 11 a.m. Additional events begin as early as 9:00 a.m. if you’d like to take advantage of them to increase your family’s learning experience. Be certain to check the IAHE website for an updated schedule.

Did you know that our Indiana Statehouse is full of historical information? We will highlight some of that history for your family through statehouse tours, a scavenger hunt, and letterboxing*. Each tour is limited to 120 people. Sign up on the IAHE private calendar on the February 25, 2015 calendar date.

We have additional events to help your family learn more about our state government such as a Legislative Impact session that explains how a bill becomes a law. IAHE will also update you about various bills that we are tracking. At 10 a.m., we are planning to have a Town Hall that allows you to ask questions to specific legislators regarding bills they have introduced during the 2015 legislative session.

Two famous Hoosiers from days gone by will be there to speak to your families. Who are they? Come and see!

We will also have information for a prayer walk that you may choose to do at your leisure that day.

Our main event will be a Rally in the North Atrium that highlights the importance of being involved to protect our freedom. IAHE is pleased that radio talk show host, Peter Heck, will be our speaker.  We will then break for lunch and reconvene to observe a session of the House or Senate.   During that time, or earlier if you’ve previously scheduled a meeting with your legislator, we will distribute home education informational packets to legislators that are provided by IAHE.   Our hope is to have every legislator meet at least one homeschool family from their district that day. Will you be that family? Sign up on the IAHE website for the Adopt a Legislator program to let us know of your interest.

Prior to the event, families should try to schedule a time to meet with their legislators. Your Senator may be contacted at 800-382-9842 and your Representatives at 800-382-9467 to schedule an appointment. It’s our desire that EVERY legislator meets with a homeschool family that day. It would send a powerful message to them to know that homeschool rights are important enough to take time out of your very busy schedule to come to the Statehouse.

Home School Day at the State Capitol is scheduled to coincide with Indiana Home School Week. The schedule will be posted on the IAHE website as details are finalized.

The least expensive parking is at the Circle Centre Mall garage.  Here are directions to get from the mall garage to the Statehouse via a tunnel.  Allow at least 15 minutes walk time.

Please log-in to the website to register.

Families with a student ages 13 and older may like to be a Page that day. The Page for the Day program is an excellent way for your student to gain a first-hand glimpse of how the legislative process works at the Indiana Statehouse. During IAHE’s Home School Day, the rest of the family will have other events in which to participate while your child serves. This program fills up quickly, so check the IN.gov website for details and deadlines.

 

Register for the page program and learn more at these links:

Senate Democrats

House Democrats

Senate Republicans

House Republicans

 

*To participate in the letterboxing event, you will need to bring a rubber stamp, ink pad, pen, and log book. A complete explanation of letterboxing may be found on this site.

 

Tentative Schedule (Schedule is subject to change as events evolve within the legislature.)

8:30 am Registration and check-in opens

9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Visit your legislators’ offices (pre-scheduled appointments if possible).
  •  Take a Prayer Walk around the Capitol.
  •  Take a Scavenger Hunt (found in Capitol Day program).
  • Statehouse Letterboxing

9:00 am

  • Legislative Impact Session (Supreme Court North end of the 3rd floor. Seating is limited.. Seating is limited.)
  • Historical Reenactor #1 (North Atrium)
  • State House Tour (meet on First Floor in Rotunda) Register on the IAHE website in advance. Limited to 120.

10:00 am

  • Town Hall Meeting (Supreme Court North end of the 3rd floor)
  • Historical Reenactor #2 (North Atrium)

11:00 am

RALLY featuring Peter Heck in North Atrium

12:00 noon

  •  Lunch (On your own. List of restaurants in program.)

1:00 pm

  • State House Tour (meet on First Floor in Rotunda) Register on the IAHE website in advance. Limited to 120.
  • Visit your legislators’ offices and deliver IAHE Legislative Packet.

1:30 pm

  • Senate and House Sessions

(3rd Floor Gallery for a seat. Be there ealy to get a seat. You may also stand at the lobby window on the second floor to observe the Chambers. The Senate is on the west side and the House is on the east side of the Capitol.)

We hope to see you at the Statehouse on February 25, 2015!