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9/12/2011 10:40:30 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--CHEO Urgently Needs Support

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Ohio--CHEO Urgently Needs Support

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Christian Home Educators of Ohio ("CHEO") is in critical need of
increased financial support in order to continue their work on behalf
of homeschoolers in Ohio. As a result of increased competition from a
"for profit" conference in Cincinnati, CHEO's revenue has dramatically
fallen, making it increasingly difficult for them to maintain their
level of service to homeschoolers in the Buckeye State. The downturn
in the economy also has taken its toll on nearly every nonprofit
organization in the nation.

CHEO's work in creating and maintaining a support network for
homeschoolers in Ohio is critical. Their work in monitoring the
legislative and administrative arms of your government is also of
great importance. In partnership with HSLDA, CHEO's legislative
liaison and board member, Melanie Elsey, shepherded an important piece
of legislation through the Ohio legislature this year, ending
discrimination against homeschoolers working in Ohio day-care centers.
Mrs. Elsey's character and work effort, along with our relationships
with key legislators, helps maintain the freedom that Ohio
homeschoolers enjoy.

CHEO is the only organization with a presence in Columbus dedicated to
protecting both homeschooling and parental rights in the Ohio

HSLDA has partnered with CHEO for more than 25 years to advance and
protect your freedoms to teach your children at home. The CHEO board
is our eyes and ears and "boots on the ground" in Ohio. CHEO has also
led the charge over the last several years to defeat several bills
which would have significantly reduced your freedom. CHEO's
leadership is necessary to stop bills like these every session. CHEO
constantly monitors and works behind the scenes on bills that could
affect homeschoolers. We must ensure that CHEO has the resources to
continue to monitor all new and amended legislation and to mount
effective opposition to dangerous legislation.

We know the CHEO board personally and work with them closely. They
are committed to God and the ministry He has given them. They are
well-respected as competent professionals with experience and
legislative contacts to equip them for this unique work of
successfully preventing and eliminating dangerous legislation.
Without CHEO's past and current efforts, we would be living under the
oppression of a highly regulatory homeschool law.

I am asking you to consider a generous financial contribution today to
help CHEO safeguard our freedom to homeschool in Ohio. CHEO needs
regular monthly support and one-time gifts. For those of you who
already give regularly to CHEO, I thank you and ask you to please
consider giving an extra amount at this time. Please also consider
forwarding this request on to other homeschoolers.

Make your gift payable to CHEO, and mail it today to:

616 Hebron Rd. Suite E
Heath, Ohio 43056-1444

Thank you for your consideration of CHEO's urgent need as they work
diligently to protect your freedoms. Your freedom, as you know it
today, depends upon having a strong voice in Columbus to keep the
liberal legislature from imposing their radical views on home
education and families.

God Bless,

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

Mike Donnelly
Staff Attorney for Ohio Member Affairs

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