Prelude Music begins at 8:45 am on April 16, 2013
What is Rally Day?
Homeschooling families taking the good report
about home education to their elected officials.
What can my Family do at Rally Day?
1. Call your Senator and Representative and get an appointment
to talk with them on Tuesday April 16, 2013.
2. Michael Farris will speak in the War Memorial Auditorium as
part of the program, so come to the program 8:45 AM until about
3. Cookies will be prepared for you to take to the legislator's staff
and the staff cannot wait to get their cookies. Delivery begins
when the program is over.
4. Michael Farris will be speaking in the afternoon downtown
at a conference.
5. Also in the afternoon Christian Communicators of Tennessee
will host a Student Congress Tournament in the chambers of the
Tennessee House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.
6. Prepare an exhibit to be displayed in the hallway of the
Legislative Plaza showing what your homeschool is doing. I
f you have an exhibit you'd like to display, please contact your
THEA Area Coordinator.
HOME SCHOOLERS OF TENNESSEE:
COME TO RALLY DAY!
Plan to join us and Rally to celebrate home
schooling, communicating to our lawmakers that their
continued protection of parental rights and
religious liberty is foundational to our life style
and educational choice, one which we want to protect
for generations to come!
We are not only celebrating, but we are also
promoting and protecting, home education as we Rally
together at our state Capitol, bringing the good
report of homeschooling to our lawmakers.
We encourage you to make this a very memorable
family or support group field trip to our Capitol
joining with multiple hundreds of your fellow home
Together we bring a strong message to those who
make our laws that homeschooling is thriving in
Tennessee, the rights of parents must be protected
and guaranteed by our state laws and we want our
lawmakers to represent us faithfully!! We look
forward to together giving thanks to God as we
Celebrate Home Education with you and your family on
Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 16th!!
Brief History of Rally Day
Since 1985, Tennessee Home Education Association,
THEA, has hosted a Rally Day on Capitol Hill for the
purpose of informing our legislators of the benefits
of home education, “bringing the good report of home
education" to them, giving them a clear picture of
our growing, vibrant community which keeps a
watchful eye on their actions, following their
voting which can impact our liberties. Rally Day has
certainly become a Day when we join together and
celebrate God’s goodness to us as home educators in
Tennessee! That’s what this year is definitely
Since its beginning in 1985, Rally Day has grown
tremendously! In 1985 we rented the Legislative
Cafeteria, with tables of curriculum and a Reception
line filled with home-made goodies. Now we rent the
1000 seat War Memorial Auditorium, WMA, connected to
our lawmaker’s offices in the War Memorial Building,
WMB, and the Legislative Plaza, LP, and via a tunnel
under Charlotte Avenue to the Capitol Building.
In this beautiful historic auditorium built to honor WW I
veterans, we hold our morning Rally from 8:45 –
This year we will Celebrate Home
Education as we hear from our lawmakers, honor our
young people, and focus on the US Constitution and
its use in Tennessee by We the People. Learn
more about Mike Farris at:
As you can tell, lots take place during the Rally!
As many as 100 or more people will be on and off the
stage. Home school musical groups will thrill us
with their amazing talent and beautiful music!
Legislators will be honored. Outstanding Students,
two from each of the eight THEA chapters, will be
congratulated. Special student speakers will include
the Junior Varsity and Senior Varsity first place
winners of the Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Worldview
Speech Contest (see more about this at
in the Mezzanine
We now serve a luncheon to all the legislators and
their staff in the mezzanine, the large hallway
between the WMA, the WMB & the LP, a high traffic
area for our lawmakers.
A homeschool group of parents and teens
represent us as they serve our guests. The teens
are an award-winning choral group and have
named themselves The Singing Servers, as
they will step back from the Reception tables to
serenade the lawmakers with their amazing harmonies
and well-trained voices! When they are not singing
and back to serving, other homeschooled musicians,
beautiful harpists and highly trained string
ensembles, Flute and Wind ensembles, and others,
perform for our lawmakers, filling their hallways
with the most beautiful music!
PRIVATE APPOINTMENTS WITH
YOUR TWO LAWMAKERS:
One of the most important parts of our Rally Day is
you, Tennessee home school families, support groups,
Troops, sports teams, Speech & Debate Clubs, again
and especially, family groups, setting meetings with
your state Senator and state Representative. Please do this!
Call now and make a 10-15 minute appointment with
your two lawmakers. See below guidelines on how to
reach them. The best times to schedule your meeting
will be after the Rally ends, between 11:30 and 4:30
p.m. or, if you can arrange this, prior to the
Rally, before 8:45 a.m.
Remember these are your representatives in a
republican, representative form of government,
dependent on your vote to hold office and therefore
accountable to you.
When you meet face-to-face with your legislators
you are putting a face on homeschooling for them,
so that when they vote on legislation which will
impact us, they will think of you and your family!
This is a crucial part, perhaps the MOST important
part, of our Day on Capitol Hill!!
So we very much encourage homeschooling Dads and
Moms to bring your children and set a visit
your legislators, represent Tennessee home educators
and count this as a civics lesson for your children!
Call your legislator's offices and let their
receptionist know that you wish to meet them as
you'll be on Capitol Hill for Rally Day.
Also plan to bring them a letter from your
children, thanking them for their service to our
state. Take your camera and have a picture made with
Ask them for an autographed copy of "The Tennessee
Blue Book" which is a great resource of Tennessee
history! Some families stop in many legislators’
offices and ask them to sign their "Blue
To "Find Your Legislator" use your home address and
go to the lower right side of this link:
or call 615 -741-3011, the Legislative Information
One more thing...we continue to hear from the
legislator's and their staff that they love Rally
Day, they love seeing family groups in their
hallways and offices, that there is no other day on
Capitol Hill like Rally Day!! AND that is because of
you!! Plan to be there with your family!!
Plan to stop at the tables in the lower level of the
legislative Plaza before you make your visit and
take the bag of Cookies to the staff along with
the Program Booklet for your lawmakers.
The West Tennessee Home Education Association,
WTHEA, has for over a decade prepared 180 dozen
cookies and sweet treats in our signature red, white
& blue gift bags for the staff in our legislator’s
offices. WE NEED YOU to take these with you to the
offices of your legislators when you visit. Pick
them up at the COOKIE tables on the first floor
level of the Legislative Plaza (the lowest level
within their office complex) before you go to your
appointments. Even if you do not make an
appointment with your legislators you can deliver
cookies—its fun—the staff watches for our cookie
bags on Rally Day! Help with this effort
between 11:30 and 3:00 on Rally Day!
Like almost all groups which lobby our state
lawmakers, we reserve the hallway space along the
walls in the busy, busy Legislative Plaza (the
lowest level within their office complex where all
their Committee Rooms are located) for you to bring
tri-fold displays of your students' science & other
special projects, art work, sports teams, Speech &
Debate activities, Mock Trial trophies, 4-H
exhibits, Scout troops and your support group
All of these give a visual presentation to our
lawmakers of the vibrancy and accomplishments and
SOCIALIZATION of home educators -- they bring the
good report of home education!
To reserve the space for your display you need to
contact Monday, April 1st to let the display coordinator
know of your display so that we have adequate
table space. For the space requirements, we ask you
to bring either 3’ or 6’ displays. Be sure to let
the coordinator know the footprint of your display.
The display tables are set up in the Legislative
Plaza in the afternoon on Monday the day before Rally
Day and taken down by mid-afternoon on Rally Day.
Contact the Display Coordinator by Monday at
9:00 PM two weeks before Rally Day, if you wish
to have space on a display table. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org with Rally Day Display in
After the program in the War Memorial Auditorium and your visits with your
legislators, take a self-guided tour or schedule a
guided tour of the Capitol Building.
STUDENT CONGRESS FINAL ROUND
IN THE HOUSE CHAMBER
From 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Christian Communicators
of Tennessee, CCT, www.cctennessee.org, will be
holding the Final Round of its Davy Crockett Student
Congress Tournament in the beautiful, historic
Chamber of our House of Representatives, the largest
space within the State Capitol. This Tournament is
always scheduled in conjunction with Rally Day.
So plan to come and observe, in the comfortable
gallery on either side of this magnificent Chamber,
our home educated speech & debate students as they
address their fellow student Representatives in
support or opposition to the bills and resolutions
they have written. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house
Pack your lunch, eat in the Legislative Plaza Cafeteria or at
Every year home school families bring their packed
lunches with them to the Rally. Coolers can be
stored in the upstairs balcony lobby or under the
THEA table--just be sure to put your name on your
things. If the weather is warm, it's fun to eat
outside around the fountains on the Plaza or on the
steps of the War Memorial Building. (Please join us
in praying for beautiful weather!!)
Here is a link to the "Park It!" web site
indicating all the parking garages and lots in
http://www.parkitdowntown.com/maps. Good garage
lots are the Library Garage, (151 6th Ave N,
connected to the Nashville Public Library) and the
McKendree Center Garage, (140 6th Ave N), though
there are many garages and lots available. Open the
link and consider copying, pasting, printing the map
and bringing it with you.
"I believe that parents, not government, have the primary responsibility for the education
of their children."
- President Ronald Reagan
(c) copyright 2013 Tennessee Home Education Association
THEA CAPITOL HILL
RALLY & RECEPTION DAY
Celebrating Home Education!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
You don't want to miss it!
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