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2/7/2005 3:42:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Final Reminder -

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February 7, 2005


Maryland--Final Reminder - "Shine on the State House Day" is Tomorrow


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

HSLDA encourages all Maryland homeschoolers to come to Annapolis
tomorrow, February 8, to meet their state legislators and build
bridges to protect freedom. Christian Home Educator's Network (CHEN)
is organizing the "Shine on the State House Day" event.

CHEN made a slight schedule change shortly after we sent our first
message. After meeting in the Lawyers Mall at the Thurgood Marshall
statute at 9:30 am, we will go into the state house. Once inside the
state house, we will fill the available seats in the House and Senate
galleries. After those seats are filled, the rest of us will gather
in the main hallway between the Senate chamber and the House of
Delegates."

After the House and Senate conclude their business for the
morning--probably around 11:00 am--we will return to the Lawyers Mall
and CHEN representatives will give you literature and directions to
the offices of your Senator and Delegate.

You will have an opportunity to be a good will ambassador for
homeschooling by giving lawmakers the following message, "Thank you
for protecting homeschool freedom. Please continue to protect it."

The relationships you form during your conversations could be crucial
in legislative battles we face in the future. If your Senator or
Delegate is unavailable attempt to speak with one his aides instead.

Schedule for "Shine on the State House Day"

Arrive in the parking lot of the U.S. Naval Academy stadium between
9:00 and 9:15 am. It will cost about $5.00 to park there. We will
take the free trolley to the state house area and arrive at the
Lawyer's Mall, by the statue of Thurgood Marshall, at 9:30, then go
into the state house, as described above.

Bring a driver's license for identification and be prepared to go
through metal detectors.

Consider bringing a home-baked item as a gift for your Delegate or
Senator with a note saying, "Good things are made at home, including
education." To find the name of your Delegate or Senator, go to our
legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

If your Delegate or Senator can meet with you, they will be happy to
speak with you briefly and may ask your children questions such as,
"how do you like being homeschooled?" Help your children think
through questions they might be asked and answers they might give that
help express why homeschooling is worth protecting.
If you are asked a question to which you do not know the answer, don't
guess; just tell them you will get back with an answer shortly and
contact HSLDA or a CHEN representative for guidance.

Legislators sometimes ask what they can do to help homeschoolers.
Since accepting government help often leads to the loss of freedom
sooner or later, we do not want to ask for favors. We merely want to
ask the lawmakers to protect the freedom to educate our children at
home.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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