Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134



For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Slatter
July 7, 2004 (540) 338-8663

HOME SCHOOL FAMILIES GATHER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



Washington, DC – Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) President J. Michael Smith will be in Ontario, California, July 9 - 11, for the Christian Home Educators Convention. Smith will be addressing approximately 5,000 homeschoolers from around the state on a number of topics including "Straight Talk to Fathers, Renew the Vision – Renew the Hope, and The Power of Praise with our Children."

"Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) has been at the forefront of the modern homeschool movement for 22 years in California. It's a privilege to be a part of a great gathering of home educators. " said Smith.

Homeschooling is entering the mainstream and this is in large part due to the efforts of CHEA, Family Protection Ministries (FPM) and HSLDA working together in California to maintain the freedom for families to choose home education.

"Homeschool graduates are succeeding in all walks of life and consequently many more families are gaining the confidence to begin homeschooling for themselves," said Smith.

Michael Smith, homeschooling father of four, founded HSLDA with Michael Farris in 1983. In the last 21 years HSLDA has grown to over 80,000 member families and continues to defend the rights of homeschool families before the courts, state legislatures and Congress.

Event – Christian Home Educators Convention
Location – Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA
Date – July 9-11
Contact – CHEA, (800) 564 CHEA

If your organization would like to schedule an interview with Michael Smith on topics such as how-to-homeschool, legal battles and the benefits of homeschooling please contact Ian Slatter, Director of Media Relations at (540) 338 8663 or via e-mail Ian@hslda.org.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 20 year old, 80,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.