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1/16/2004 4:49:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Homeschoolers Invited to "Shine" at State House

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January 16, 2004

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On February 3, Christian Home Educator's Network (CHEN) is inviting
homeschoolers to join them in visiting state delegates and senators,
and the Governor. By visiting your lawmakers, you establish a
relationship. This can be tremendously helpful if a legislative
battle arises affecting homeschool freedom.

HSLDA strongly supports CHEN's "Shine on the State House" day and
encourages you to attend-and to consider joining CHEN and helping
them in the work they do for Maryland homeschoolers.

--Where and When
By 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3rd, meet in the Naval Academy's
stadium parking lot in Annapolis, Maryland.

--Before you Come
Call your senator and delegate and make an appointment to meet with
them between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on February 3rd. Although you
might find them in their office without an appointment, it is far
better to have an appointment. Use our legislative toolbox
(http://www.hslda.org/toolbox) to find their phone numbers. Please email Julie Wesolek by January 20 at chen-of-fred@juno.com to
let her know you are coming (essential if you want to meet
the Governor.)

--Directions
Take the main exit into Annapolis. The Naval Academy Stadium is on
the right. Parking is $4 - $6. From there, take the free "State
Shuttle" trolley to the backside of the State House, named the
Lawyer's Mall. Meet at the statue of the late Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall, near some small cherry blossom trees.

--What to Bring
Bring a home-baked yummy item to give your senator and delegate.
Prepare an attractive note to go with your baked item which says,
"Good things are made at home, including education." Sign your name
and address. If you are a member of a homeschool organization, add
its full name and indicate that you are a member. A representative
of CHEN, courtesy of HSLDA, will give you a copy of the recent study,
"Homeschooling Grows Up" to give them. Well-behaved, well-groomed
children will make a good impression. Bring your driver's license for
security purposes. You will have to go through a metal detector. The
State House is a formal setting. Please dress appropriately.

--Our Message to Lawmakers
We are not asking for favors. We are only asking them to take a
moment to understand homeschooling better. The most common question
lawmakers ask children is, "How do you like being homeschooled?" Help
your children be ready with a positive answer. If they ask you a
question you don't feel completely confident answering, don't be
afraid to tell them you don't know. Just get back to them on that.

--Meeting and Photo Op with Governor
Meet at the Lawyer's Mall by 1:30 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., the group will
go to the Governor's Reception Room on the second floor of the
capitol to meet the Governor and possibly have a group picture taken
with him. Only those who have emailed Julie Wesolek will be
admitted.

Come and join other homeschoolers in making an impact!

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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