Join us for Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Friday, May 15, 2015!
Maine homeschoolers have worked hard over the years to raise public awareness, gain respect and credibility, build relationships within the legislature and strengthen homeschool freedoms. In recognition of the value and importance of home education, Maine Governors have designated one week each spring as Maine Home Education Week. Since 1987, Maine homeschoolers have come together during this special week in a variety of ways to celebrate and thank God for the freedoms we enjoy.
2015 will be no exception! During the week of May 10th - May 16th, 2015, homeschoolers will celebrate the 28th Annual Maine Home Education Week! To mark the occasion, homeschoolers will come together at the Capitol on May 15 for a day of celebration!
Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Location: State Capitol in Augusta
Capitol Tours: 9:00am and 10:00am leaving from the Capitol Visitor's
Center just past security * (FULL)
Meet Your Legislators: Legislators love to meet their constituents. Contact them to arrange a visit on Capitol Day! Find your Representative HERE. Find your Senator HERE. Learn more about Visiting with Your Legislator.
Visit with Governor LePage: 10:30am in the Cabinet Room * (FULL)
Children's Group Photo with Governor LePage: 10:45am on the stairs in the Hall of Flags (FREE)
Rally in the State House Hall of Flags: 11:00am - Noon - Pastor and Storyteller, Chet Damron, as "President Abraham Lincoln" and other special guests, including Representative Eleanor Espling! (FREE)
Recognition of Junior Legislators: During the Rally (To participate in this educational program, purchase a Junior Legislator Learning Unit at the HOME Table or Home Education Week Table during HOME Events, or purchase online. Bring the completed unit checklist to the registration table on Capitol Day to recieve a badge!)
Additional Activities: 12:00am - 2:00pm - Self guided scavenger hunt, exploration of the Maine State Museum (small entrance fee) and lunch on your own
Blaine House Tours: 2:00pm and 2:30pm * (FULL)
State House Directions and Parking
Chester Damron - Pastor and Storyteller, Chet Damron, sees himself as a young-at-heart 77-year old optimist! For the past 14 years, Chet has been privileged to serve as a volunteer at Your Story Hour where he is co-host as Uncle Dan with Aunt Carole. He counts Abraham Lincoln a “dear friend” since he has presented the “Abe Lincoln Impressionist” across America and into the Far East since 1974. In 2006, he was voted by the national Lincoln organization "The Association of Lincoln Presenter” the “Lincoln of the Year” award.
* Pre-registration is required for the Governor's visit, as well as the State House and Blaine House tours. Register at the Maine Home Education Week Table during the HOME Convention, or email Kim Mazone at firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of participating family members and your contact information before May 1st. Space is limited.
More Home Education Week Activities
Celebrate Maine Home Education Week every year in your own community, too. Find ways to celebrate and be visible throughout the designated week. The following is just a sampling of activities that could be planned especially for Home Education Week within individual support groups and families:
No matter how you choose to celebrate during Maine Home Education Week, please take time to give thanks and glory to God for the very precious freedoms we have to teach our children at home. Without continued prayer, vigilance and a strong homeschool presence within each Maine community, our blessings of freedom could be easily taken away. Take pride in what you do, and enjoy your well-deserved week of recognition!
View the Governor's Proclamation for 2015!