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Homeschool Day at the Capitol 2016

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

February 17th, 2016!

Homeschool Day at the Capitol 2015 was an enormous success! THANK YOU, Georgia homeschoolers, for turning out in record numbers (1300+!) from all across the state! WOW, did it ever make a positive statement! Immediate impact was felt and we are still seeing benefits to the exposure that was gained! Because of our huge turnout, we caught the attention of political leaders at all levels and, as a result, GHEA was contacted throughout the year when policy changes arose that affected homeschoolers! Homeschool Day at the Capitol had a DIRECT effect on policy improvements that impact us all! THANK YOU! We hope to have even MORE homeschooling families in attendance this year!

We will bring back your favorite activities such as Capitol tours, meeting your elected officials, and learning how a bill becomes a law, AS WELL AS adding brand new learning opportunities and special speakers! The tracks will be more in-depth and cover many aspects of our government’s inner workings! Parents and students alike will enjoy and benefit from these classes! This is an event that is entertaining and informative for all ages at Homeschool Day at the Capitol 2016!

There will be a nominal $5 (total) charge per participating student aged 6+ for the all-new classes with special guest speakers. Parents attend all events free of charge. This is simply to cover the costs of the day such as room rentals, speakers, etc. There is a family cap of $15 TOTAL. Capitol tours will continue to be free of charge.

The day’s activities will run approximately 9:00am-3:00pm.

Between 12-1pm, you’ll want to plan to stop by the North Wing of the Capitol Building to hear homeschool musicians from across our state share their talents! ATTN: Musicians & Directors—If your group would like to perform at the Capitol, please contact Susan Davis at davisfriends@gmail.com

Register at the link below. Following submission, if you have registered for class(es) you will be invoiced via PayPal for your family’s total. You may pay via credit card or PayPal balance. You do not have to create a PayPal account to register. Class space will be secured upon receipt of payment.

Register today! Deadline to register is Monday, February 1!

To register your homeschool group or if you have any questions, please email: homeschoolcapitolday@gmail.com.

Link to register:

http://goo.gl/forms/iRmSmNL66a

Homeschool Day at the Capitol is brought to you by GHEA




Homeschool Day at the Capitol FAQs

What ages are the classes geared towards? The classes will be geared towards students 6+(basically, they will just need to be able to sit still and listen.J) There will certainly be aspects of the classes that are more aimed at middle/high school, but all students should be able to leave, inspired and having learned a lot!

What types of special classes will be offered? The classes this year will consist of a LEGISLATIVE class and a JUDICIAL class. Each class will run approximately 60-90 minutes. The $5 per student charge covers attendance to BOTH classes.

What will be covered in these classes? These classes are designed to help both students and their parents come away with a solid, working knowledge of how legislation becomes law, and how we, as citizens, can impact that process (even if we are too young to vote!) The legislative class will cover how a bill goes from an idea to a law, and ALL of the amendments that usually get thrown in. An overview of lobbying, and the critical role it plays in government will also be covered, among many more things! The judicial class will examine once those laws are made, how they are upheld in the judicial branch of government. This class will also explore the history and original intent of the Constitution, as well as the many courts in our land, and how they vary from each other.

Will I have time to meet my Senator or Representative? ABSOLUTELY! This is actually THE single, most important thing that you should do while you are visiting the Capitol! We will be getting the schedules out as soon as possible, so that you may schedule meetings around your class times. You are also welcome at any time, to slip out of an activity in order to keep a meeting.

What if I don’t know who my legislators are? How do I find them? No worries! This information is easy to find! Simply visit http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do and enter your information on the right side of the webpage. Click “submit” and your information should appear. Verify that the info is correct and then scroll down to the middle of the page and you should see both “Georgia Senate” and “Georgia House.” Click on each of these and match the district number to get your legislator! Click on their name for a photo and brief bio! Important! Their Capitol contact info should be listed on this same page and this is where you want to call or email about setting up a meeting. Be sure and let them know that “you are from their district” and would love to stop by and meet him/her while you are at the Capitol. Once there, THANK THEM for their service to the community (even if you don’t agree with their political platform!) Please consider taking a home-baked treat for your legislator and their staff with a thank-you note! Brownies and cookies are always big hits! Even if you can’t secure a meeting, drop by their office and drop off your goodies and meet their staff!

What should we wear to Homeschool Day at the Capitol? As homeschoolers, we have typically ONE day per year to put forth a positive impression to members of the Georgia legislature. Many members have no direct links to home education and are unfamiliar with it. Many others are strongly opposed to our lifestyle and educational choices. Therefore, we want to make the most positive lasting impression that we can in the time that we have! We strongly recommend that everyone wear their “Sunday Best” to Homeschool Day at the Capitol! Most folks working there will be in suits/business attire, and we wish to respectful of the grand building as well as the men and women that we encounter while there.

Is Homeschool Day at the Capitol wheelchair and stroller accessible? Most areas of the Capitol offer elevators and are wheelchair accessible. If you need any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

The information provided is not exhaustive, and we will put out more details as we have them available. We can’t wait for you to join us for the most exciting and informative Homeschool Day at the Capitol that we’ve ever had!

Please be aware, that due to the nature of the active government workings during our time at the Capitol, we cannot guarantee schedules and details could change that are outside of our control.


 

 Please consider joining GHEA. Click on the "Online Application" link lower on this page.

Your GHEA membership entitles you to the following benefits:

* Informative Quarterly Magazine

* $20 Discount for HSLDA Membership

* Special Group Insurance Discount through the Harbin Insurance Agency 770-461-4315

* Representation with the Governor's Office, Senate, House of Representatives, and the Department of Education


As well as these personal benefits, your $25 membership helps GHEA: provide this website disseminating helpful information to homeschoolers and those interested in homeschooling; provide counseling and referrals to local support groups for new homeschoolers and those moving to Georgia; organize an annual Capitol Day where legislators have the opportunityto meet homeschoolers and see first hand the benefits.

We appreciate your continued support of GHEA and the Georgia homeschooling community. Please call or email us if we can be of further service.


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