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Homeschool Day at the State Capitol

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Many thanks to Senator Kruse for being our sponsor!

REGISTER BELOW.  Registration will assist us in estimating our 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 2 p.m. for those on the second tour and even earlier for those who are not.  The rally is our main event at 11 a.m. and features radio talk show host, Peter Heck!  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.  Note:  This is a separate sign-up for a specific tour at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. and is not the same as the general registration for the event.

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.* We are unable to have the Town Hall due to the House vote scheduled at the same time.

Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Harrison will be there to speak to your families at 9 a.m. (Lincoln) and 10 a.m. (Harrison) in the North Atrium.

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 you may deliver legislative packets or do the scavenger hunt or letterboxing.   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? Stop by the IAHE table in the North Atrium to pick up a packet to distribute to your legislators.

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 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.

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Page for A Day Program

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 letter-boxing 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.

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

8:30 am Registration and check-in opens

9:00 am–2:00 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 Re-enactor Abraham Lincoln (North Atrium)
  • State House Tour (meet on First Floor in Rotunda) Register on the IAHE website in advance. Limited to 120.  TOUR IS FULL.

10:00 am

  • Watch the House Vote
  • The Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Protecting Homeschool Freedom (Supreme Court North end of the 3rd floor)
  • Historical Re-enactor Benjamin Harrison (North Atrium)

(4th Floor Gallery for a seat. Be there ealy to get a seat. You may also stand at the lobby window on the third floor to observe the Chambers. The Senate is on the west side and the House is on the east side of the Capitol on opposite sides of the rotunda.)

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.  TOUR IS FULL.
  • Visit your legislators’ offices and deliver IAHE Legislative Packet.

Added bonus! $2/person admission discount on February 25, if you present the Rhythm Discovery Center with your IAHE State Capitol Day program. If you park in Circle Centre Mall garage and take the tunnel, you will walk right past this attraction without even going outside. Spend the morning in the Statehouse and stop by here in the afternoon. It has nothing to do with legislation or protecting your freedom, but if you are making the trip to Indy, it’s just for fun!

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