Capitol Rose Garden
9am-10am – Teen Lecture Series
10:30am-12:30pm – Family Rally
12:30-1:30 – Optional Picnic (Bring your own lunch)
New This Year:
Before the rally we will host the Teen Lecture Series where students can come and learn about the First Amendment and the Arizona Constitution. There is no registration needed. Families are welcome to attend this portion as well but it will be geared towards teens. The speakers for this portion are Timothy Sandefur, Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, and Sean Beienburg, who teaches constitutionalism in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.
Invite Your Legislator:
AFHE has invited all representatives and senators to attend this event. We encourage you to also write to your legislators, thanking them for their service and inviting them to attend. Here is a link to email your legislators. https://www.azleg.gov/
Note the location change this year. The Rose Garden is at the Arizona Capitol but directly behind (west of) the House and next to the Capitol Museum. Previously we were on the House Lawn.
What to Bring:
Be sure to bring a picnic blanket and/or camping chairs for seating at the event. We ask that those in camping chairs leave room up front for those sitting on blankets. Bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, and plenty of water as temperatures begin to rise in March. Masks are optional as the event is outside and there is room to social distance.
Where to Park:
There are two main parking options. One is the parking lot east of the Capitol and in front of the House and Senate. Take the 7th Avenue exit from I10 and head south and then west on Washington which merges with Adams and the parking lot will be on your left. The other option is behind the Governor’s Tower which can be reached by taking the 19th Avenue exit from I10 and taking 19th Avenue south and then turning east on Washington. Here is a link to a map of parking options. https://apps.azsos.gov/info/
COUNTDOWN TO HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Enjoy this review of our last Homeschool Day at the Capitol event.
2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol Review
On Monday, April 23, 2018, approximately 250 parents, kids, teens, grandparents, and friends of homeschooling gathered on the north lawn of the Arizona State Capitol. In spite of the heat, we enjoyed a lovely morning celebrating the freedom we have to direct our children’s education.
We enjoyed several special guest speakers including Tom Lewis (AFHE Lobbyist), Scott McKown (AFHE President), Senator Kimberly Yee, Cathi Herrod (President, Center for Arizona Policy), and Michael Farris (President, Alliance Defending Freedom). What a rich message of hope, with a passion for freedom and educational excellence was shared by each speaker!
Bethany Boone, Flagstaff, winner of the National Anthem contest held by AFHE, led us in singing The Star Spangled Banner. Families joined in singing several patriotic songs led by homeschool graduate and accomplished singer, Samuel Stefanski. And 11-year-old Mary Sannapu, Phoenix, regaled us with an energetic recitation of the Declaration of Independence. Following Homeschool Day at the Capitol, Bethany was invited to open both the House of Representatives floor and the Senate floor with the National Anthem that afternoon.
AFHE President Scott McKown and AFHE Legislative and Government Affairs Liaison Peter Gentala read the Homeschool Week Proclamation issued by Governor Doug Ducey.
Many families brought a picnic lunch and stayed to visit after our program concluded. It’s such a blessing to see our community come together to celebrate freedom and the highly successful model of education that homeschooling can be. Homeschool Day at the Capitol is hosted by AFHE every 2-3 years.
Declaration of Independence
Patriotic Song Leader
Scott McKown and
Homeschool Week Proclamation
Arizona State Senate
President, CEO, General Counsel
Alliance Defending Freedom
2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol
AFHE Board & Capitol Day Team
Capitol Day Programs
Alliance Defending Freedom
Homeschool Week Proclamation
Presented by Scott McKown and Peter Gentala
Singing Patriotic Songs
Family fun at the Capitol
AFHE has created a week-long unit study for families with students of all ages to enjoy together. This interactive, fun, and engaging unit study covers information about the Arizona State Capitol, the three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and more. It includes Bible, vocabulary, literature, crafts, enrichment activities, cooking, music, writing, drama, and links to videos to watch.
AUTHOR: Allison Gentala, AFHE Board Member, lifeasamotherofmany.com
PUBLISHER: Arizona Families for Home Education (c) 2018. All Rights Reserved.
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Zane and Angel Willis, Ardent Communications, ardentspeaks.com
Purchase unit study (PDF) by clicking on the Unit Study image to the right to order through the AFHE Store. For use by your immediately family/household only. $5 for current AFHE Members and $7 for non-members.
We encourage Arizona homeschool students to write your legislators.
Thank them for their service
Whether you agree with their politics or positions or not, this is a great opportunity to simply express gratitude for the men and women who serve our state at the legislature. It’s a great way to represent homeschooling in a positive light and to show them that homeschoolers are respectful, articulate, thoughtful individuals who have chosen a model of education that works.
Let them know you are a constituent
When you write to the legislators in your district, be sure to mention that you are a constituent. They want to know they are hearing from people who live in the area they represent. Sample letter included below.
SAMPLE LETTER TO LEGISLATORS
Below is a sample letter to give you some ideas. Use your own words and feel free to change up the order of things. We don’t want legislators to receive what could seem like a form letter, but rather share this sample to give you a place to start and some talking point ideas. Thank you for joining us in showing appreciation to our legislators and for demonstrating what a wonderful and successful model of education homeschooling can be!
SAMPLE LETTER TO GIVE YOU INSPIRATION
Dear Represenatative / Senator __[last name]__,
My name is ____ and I am ___ years old. I live in __[city]__ and I am writing to thank you for your service to our community and state.
I am one of the more than 37,000 students being homeschooled in Arizona. I love homeschooling because ___. I appreciate the sacrifice my parents make to teach me at home.
Thank you again for the work you do as a legislator in Arizona. Your service is appreciated.
[your signature; include your age if you like also]