Home School Day at the State Capitol
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Pre-registration will assist us in estimating our needs.
Details will be added as they are finalized. 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, civics, and advocacy event planned for Home School Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. if you’d like to take advantage of various activities to increase your family’s learning experience.
We have events in the Supreme Court on the third floor at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. 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 tentatively planning to have a Town Hall that allows you to ask questions to specific legislators regarding bills they have introduced during the 2016 legislative session. We will make the decision closer to the event about this session or we will do a completely different session.
Did you know that our Indiana Statehouse is full of historical information? We will highlight some of that history for your family with re-enactors (Daniel Wolsey Voorhees) 9 a.m. & (Lew Wallace) 10 a.m., Statehouse tours (10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.), a scavenger hunt, and letterboxing*. Each tour is limited to 75 people. Register when you register for the event. As the tours fill, we will remove them from the registration form.)
This year prior to our main speaker, we will have a presentation at 11 a.m. about some of our early American flags. It’s going to be a great day to learn history!
The Rally, featuring homeschool grad and State Representative Tim Wesco, is our main event at 11 a.m. He will talk about the importance of civic involvement and share how his parents developed that love in him as he was home educated.
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. When you arrive, check-in at the IAHE table to make sure someone from your district has picked up your legislators’ packets. It is important that someone from your district gives the packet to him or her. It contains important homeschool information that we want to get into their hands.
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.
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:
*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.
We hope to see you at the Statehouse on January 26, 2016!
9 a.m. Legislative Impact Session (Supreme Court)
9 a.m. Daniel Wolsey Voorhees re-enactor (North Atrium)
10 a.m. Town Hall (Supreme Court)
10 a.m. Lew Wallace re-enactor (North Atrium)
10 a.m. Statehouse tour (Rotunda for those who have pre-registered with IAHE.)
11 a.m. Early American Flag presentation (North Atrium)
Rally with speaker State Representative Tim Wesco
Throughout the day: Scavenger Hunt, Prayer Walk, Letterboxing, and Advocacy with Legislators.
1 p.m. Statehouse tour (Rotunda for those who have pre-registered with IAHE.)
1:30 p.m. Observe a legislative session from the fourth floor balcony.
2 p.m. Statehouse tour (Rotunda for those who have pre-registered with IAHE.)