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5/30/2007 1:58:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Come to 'Homeschool Day at the Capitol' June 12!

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Maine--Come to 'Homeschool Day at the Capitol' June 12!

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

As part of a long-range strategy to protect homeschool freedom and
educate families, Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME) is sponsoring a
"Homeschool Day at the Capitol" on Tuesday, June 12. This great event
will help draw families to Augusta to make vital face-to-face contact
with their lawmakers.

We at the Home School Legal Defense Association believe it is very
important for as many homeschool families to attend as possible.
Nearly every year there is harmful legislation to fight or
pro-homeschool freedom bills to pass.

In our 24 years at HSLDA, we have seen how effective capitol days are
in preventing bad legislation or enacting good law. If legislators
from either party never meet a homeschooler, they will often vote
against homeschooling when given the opportunity. However, if they
meet a good homeschool family face-to-face, it opens their eyes to the
hardship they would cause if they vote to restrict homeschooling.

In addition to protecting your freedom, the "Homeschool Day at the
Capitol" is a great field trip opportunity for your children to learn
about our government and how laws are made. Governor Baldacci has
proclaimed June 10-16, 2007 as "Home Education Week." Come help us
celebrate!

Schedule of Events:

All Day - Go to the offices of your senator and representative, thank
them (or their staff, if they are not in) for their service and their
support of homeschooling. Give them a packet of homeschool information
(pick up packets from HOME table in Hall of Flags before 1 p.m.).
Consider calling ahead for an appointment.

8:30 a.m. - Listen to homeschool choral group sing in the Capitol
Rotunda prior to the start of the Legislative Session.

9:00 a.m. - Legislative Session begins. If you would like to sit in on
a session, contact your legislator!

9:00 a.m. - Assemble in State House Hall of Flags for opening song and
welcome

9:15 a.m. - Keynote Address, "Homeschool Freedom and the Challenge
Ahead" by Thomas J. Schmidt, Esq., from Home School Legal Defense
Association in the Hall of Flags

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - View displays and listen to music in the State
House Hall of Flags.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 - Tours of the State House are
available. Call the HOME Office (207-763-2880) to sign up.

1:00 - Pick up information packets for legislators from the HOME table
in Hall of Flags before 1 p.m.

All Day - Visit the Maine State Museum or other museums in Augusta. To
schedule programs and tours, contact the Maine State Museum at
207-287-2301.

For more information, go to
http://www.homeschoolersofmaine.org/homeedweek.htm including
directions and parking.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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