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Homeschoolers Benefit from Averted Snowstorm

Homeschoolers across the Centennial State had been looking forward to April 13, 2007, for months. That date was to be the annual Homeschool Day at the Capitol, sponsored by Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC). CHEC hoped that 1,000 people would turn out on the steps of the capitol to remind the legislators that homeschoolers are watching to preserve their freedom.

Courtesy of Chad Roach
Colorado homeschoolers share their message of homeschool freedom with Governor Bill Ritter (center, back row.)

As the rally day drew near, the weather turned cold. The entire week before the event, Denver was preparing for a big storm predicted to bring 12-18 inches of snow. It was supposed to hit Friday, April 13-the day of the rally. Many local businesses and schools began to prepare for shutdown.

Undaunted, homeschoolers prayed that God would avert the snowstorm so that it would not hit the capital on Friday. As Friday morning dawned, national news meteorologists expressed amazement at how the snowstorm that was heading directly to Denver suddenly bypassed it. Not a single snowflake accumulated on the ground on April 13. God was gracious.

Although the frigid temperature barely registered in the 30s, over 1,500 Coloradans assembled in front of the capitol. Many state senators and representatives, as well as Secretary of State Mike Coffman, greeted the crowd. Several senators agreed to introduce a Religious Freedom Act in Colorado next year.

Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka gave the keynote speech, reminding homeschoolers of the importance of protecting parental freedom. The Colorado Homeschool Day at the Capitol turned out to be one of the largest homeschool rallies ever.

— by Christopher J. Klicka