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4/2/2008 2:24:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Carolina--Attend the SCHEA Home School Day at the Capitol!

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April 2, 2008

South Carolina--Attend the SCHEA Home School Day at the Capitol!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The South Carolina Home Educators Association invites all
homeschooling families to the Home School Day at the Capitol taking
place Thursday, April 10, 2008, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in
Columbia. You will have a chance to meet with your state senators and
representatives as well as the opportunity to sit in on a legislative
session. Several special workshops will be conducted, tours of the
Capitol and Governor's Mansion are being arranged, two homeschool
bands will be performing on the grounds of the Capitol... there's even
a scavenger hunt! This event is free!

We at HSLDA believe it is very important for as many homeschool
families as possible to attend this event. The South Carolina General
Assembly is considering several bills which would affect homeschooling
families. At any time, they could introduce legislation to further
restrict homeschooling. Registration beings promptly at 9:00 a.m. in
Room 101 of the Blatt Building.

In my 17 years at HSLDA, I have seen how effective capitol lobby days
are in preventing bad legislation. A face-to-face meeting between a
legislator and a homeschooling family gives the legislator the
opportunity to see firsthand the positive benefits of homeschooling.
Informed homeschooling constituents who meet with and demonstrate
interest in their legislator's activities provide that legislator with
reasons to vote in favor of maintaining homeschool freedom. If a
legislator never meets a homeschooler, he may have no reason to
support parental freedom to homeschool and may vote against
homeschooling if presented with the issue.

In addition to protecting your freedom, the SCHEA Home School Day at
the Capitol provides a great opportunity to your children for a field
trip to learn about state government and how laws are made in South
Carolina.

Plan ahead and make an appointment with your legislators. Take
advantage of this opportunity. Don't miss this year's great event!

On the agenda:
> "How to Get Involved in Government" presented by Orin Smith of the
Palmetto Family Council
> "Establishing Positive Ties with Your Legislator" presented by Lee
Safley
> "How to Get Involved with Political Campaigns and Count It as
School" presented by Randy Page
> The AAA Band under the directorship of Ms. Barb Rollins and the
Midlands Band under the directorship of Mr. Jim Gill
> Tours of the State Capitol and the Governor's Mansion available
(pre-registration is required for these tours)
> The scavenger hunt will allow you to learn about the Capitol grounds
while having fun!

Below are MORE reasons to attend the Home School Day at the Capitol:
> Dispel any negative myths of the homeschool movement.
> Give legislators an understanding of the large numbers of
homeschoolers within the state.
> Spend one-on-one time with your legislator.
> Show legislators that the homeschool movement is alive and well.
> In this election year, let legislators know that homeschoolers
participate in the political process by voting.

For more information go to the South Carolina Home Educators
Association website at http://www.schomeeducatorsassociation.org/

We hope you can come this year!

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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