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2013 Homeschool Day at the Capitol - May 7, 2013



Augusta, ME - 5/7/13 8:30 AM

Join us in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House, 115 State House Station in Augusta from 8:30am - Noon on May 7th!

May 5th - May 11th, 2013 is Maine Home Education Week! Celebrate this week by joining homeschooling families from around the state for a day of learning and fun at the Capitol! Activities will include a morning rally with special speakers, afternoon tours of the Capitol, a treasure hunt, Maine State Museum classes, and other hands-on activities. The theme for our rally is Uniting Internationally to Protect Homeschool Freedoms.

HSLDA Director of International Relations, Mike Donnelly, will give the keynote address during the rally. Mike also serves HSLDA as staff attorney for member affairs in the states of Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. As director of international affairs he coordinates HSLDA’s support of homeschooling freedom all over the world. Mike is also an adjunct professor of government at Patrick Henry College where he teaches constitutional law. He received a juris doctorate from the Boston University School of Law with honors as a Paul J. Liacos Scholar. He is a member of the bars of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mike’s previous experience includes combat service during the first Persian Gulf War as a United States Army cavalry officer, private legal practice and the founding of a nationally ranked internet marketing firm. Mike is an internationally published writer and frequent conference speaker on the subject of homeschooling, educational freedom, parental and human rights. He and his wife homeschool their seven children.

Please invite your Senator and Representative to join us for these informational presentations, and refreshments! For contact information for your legislator, click here.

May 7, 2013 Schedule of Events

Registration: 8:30am
in the Hall of Flags in the Capitol Building.

During the registration process, pre-registrations for classes at the Maine State Museum and Capitol Tours will be confirmed. Students will be provided with a name tag which must be worn to museum classes. Also, please take a moment to sign our guest book to let us know how many families are attending this event.

If your child completed the Maine Junior Legislator program (see more information below), please bring the checklist in the front of the lesson booklet with your children’s names and the signature of a parent to the registration table. Junior Legislators will be invited to come up front to lead the audience in saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” before receiving their “Junior Legislator” buttons.

Rally:  9:00am - 11:00am in the Hall of Flags.

Opening Remarks, Reading of Proclamation and Invocation: Ed Green, HOME Founder and President

Presentation of Colors: Maine Alert Cadet Color Guard

Singing of the National Anthem: Caroline O'Brian

Legislative Address: Representative Ellie Espling, New Gloucester - House District 105

Pledge of Allegiance: Junior Legislators

Presentation of Awards to Junior Legislators:

Keynote Address: International Homeschooling—Why Should American Homeschoolers Care what Happens over There? by Mike Donnelly

Homeschooling is a growing global movement, but homeschooling parents overseas face the mounting pressure and challenges similar to those American homeschoolers experienced 30 years ago. German homeschoolers are threatened with fines, jail and worse. Is the German homeschool experience the edge of night for America? Should American homeschoolers be concerned about the plight of homeschoolers in other countries? Michael Donnelly has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom. He will tell you why American homeschoolers should care what happens "over there" and what can be done to help.

Closing Remarks: Pastor Chris Wilcoxson

Meet Your Legislators: 11:00am - Noon

If you have invited your legislator to this event, this may be the time that they are most available to stop in at the Hall of Flags. Be sure to let them know tha you will be there, and are anxious to meet them! 

Afternoon Activities: 11:30am - 3:30pm

Register for the tours and classes below at the HOME Convention at the Samoset Resort in March, or contact Raylene at raye4home@gmail.com for more information and specific times.

  • Maine State Capitol Tours (Prior registration required.)
  • Museum Classes - Wool Carding, Sailmaking and the Story of the St. Mary, Mammals Large and Small, or The Formation of Rocks and Minerals  (Prior registration required.)
  • Capitol Prayer Walks/Tours with TeenPact Volunteers (Prior registration required.)
  • Children's Meeting with Governor LePage (Limited to 30 children. Prior registration required.)
  • A number of information/activity sheets will be available at the registration table throughout the rally, as well. They can be done on your own, and include:

A State Capitol Treasure Hunt
Maine State House Fossil Hunt
Senate Chamber Art Collection (interesting facts)
Exploring Statues In and Around the Museum
Self-guided tour questions for the Maine State Museum

** Please Take Note:

Capitol Tours for those who pre-registered will be leaving from the Capitol Visitor’s Center/Information Desk after the rally at designated times. Tours will leave on time. Please arrive ten minutes before your assigned departure.

In addition, TeenPact graduates will lead small groups for a prayer walk and basic tour of the Capitol. This tour will include stopping in different parts of the Capitol to pray for various people who work in that area. There will be a sign up sheet at the registration table on a first come, first served basis. These groups will meet and leave from the Capitol Visitor’s Center after the rally. If you are not familiar with TeenPact, information will be available about their Christian leadership programs at the registration table.

Other Important Information

Junior Legislator ProgramStudents who complete Junior Legislator Kit activities will receive a Junior Legislator badge and recognition during the Capitol Day Rally. Activities are flexible and can be adapted to all ages. The goal is to have fun while learning more about our State Government. Contact HOME at homeschl@midcoast.com for more information and to order a Junior Legislator Kit.

For maps and directions to the State House, click here. The visitor entrance to the State House is on the west side of the building.

Parking at the State House: Free parking is available in the parking garage on the corner of State Street and Sewall Street or where spaces are marked "General Parking." Unauthorized cars will be towed if parked in handicapped parking spaces or any other restricted parking space. One and two hour visitor parking is available on the west side of the Cross Office Building. Parking: There is some off-road parking available around the Capitol, but be sure to note the length of time on the parking meter! There are some spaces available at the Maine State Museum in their parking lot which is right next to the Capitol.

New Security Procedures: Please be aware that new security procedures are now in place for all visitors to the State House. Please see New Entry Screening of All Visitors to the State House for details, and plan accordingly.

Dress: During our time at the Capitol complex, we will be representing the homeschooling community, but most importantly, we will be representing our God. Kindly dress neatly and modestly for this event.

Lunches: Food is available at a cafeteria in the Cross Building next to the Capitol. Sandwiches, a hot bar, and salad bar are offered at a reasonable price. Families may also bring a sack lunches. Hopefully, the weather will be beautiful and you can join other families enjoying the outdoors. There are some picnic tables available around the Capitol Complex. If the weather is inclement, feel free to eat lunches in the atrium of the museum.

Lost and Found: In the event that you loose an item during your day at the Capitol, there will be a lost and found box labeled in the Hall of Flags. If you find an item that does not appear to have an owner, please thoughtfully bring the item and place it in the box.

Miscellaneous: Please make sure to sign our “Thank You Maine Legislators” card, which will be available during the registration process.

HOME Table: Please be sure to stop by the Homeschoolers of Maine table for homeschool resources and answers to questions. Also, if your family did not get a chance to purchase a copy of the Junior Legislator Kit, but you would still like to complete the program, the lessons will be available at the HOME table for a donation of $5.00.

For more information: Call HOME at (207) 763-2880.