A Celebration of Homeschool Freedom in Arizona!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Arizona State Capitol, House Lawn

Arizona homeschool families enjoy one of the best homeschool laws in the nation, affording us the liberty to teach our children at home in ways that work best for each individual child.

Hosted by AFHE every couple of years, Homeschool Day at the Capitol is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the freedom we enjoy in directing our children’s education. It’s a great reminder of the importance of protecting the freedom we currently enjoy to  homeschool with the least restrictive regulations possible. Legislators and elected officials get the opportunity to interact with a growing constituency of families dedicated to their children’s well being and quality of education. What a beautiful testimony to the success of parent-led, privately funded home education!

This is a family event for parents and children of all ages, homeschool graduates, and grandparents, too! Attendees enjoy a number of performances by homeschooled students, sing patriotic songs together, and hear several special guest speakers. Free of charge.

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QUESTIONS: events@afhe.org

2020 Information Coming Soon. 

Enjoy a review of our last Homeschool Day at the Capitol event until 2020 details become available.

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 other year.

Mary Sannapu
Declaration of Independence

Samuel Stefanski
Patriotic Song Leader

Scott McKown and
Peter Gentala

Homeschool Week Proclamation

Bethany Boone
National Anthem

Tom Lewis
AFHE Lobbyist
Legislative Update

Kimberly Yee
Arizona State Senate

Michael Farris
President, CEO, General Counsel
Alliance Defending Freedom

2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol

AFHE Board & Capitol Day Team

Capitol Day Programs

Activity Sheet

for children and teens

Scott McKown

AFHE President

Tom Lewis

AFHE Lobbyist

Color Guard

Bethany Boone

National Anthem

Kimberly Yee

Arizona State Senate

Cathi Herrod

President, Center for Arizona Policy

Michael Farris

President, CEO, and General Counsel
Alliance Defending Freedom

Peter Gentala

AFHE Legislative & Government Affairs Liaison

Homeschool Week Proclamation

Issued by Governor Doug Ducey
Presented by Scott McKown and Peter Gentala

Samuel Stefanski

Patriotic Song Leader

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.

In preparation for Homeschool Day at the Capitol, we encourage all 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.

Invite them to Homeschool Day at the Capitol

Legislators are busy people and they receive many invitations to events on the lawn hosted by groups of all kinds. A personal invitation from a student in their legislative district may be just the invitation to inspire them to take a few minutes out of their busy day to stop down and meet homeschooling families who are gathering to celebrate freedom at the Capitol.

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 35,000 students being homeschooled in Arizona. I love homeschooling because ___. I appreciate the sacrifice my parents make to teach me at home.

On Monday, April 6, 2020, we will be at the Arizona State Capitol on the House Lawn for Homeschool Day at the Capitol. I’d like to invite you as my state __[representative / senator]__ to join us as we celebrate homeschool freedom and patriotism with hundreds of other moms, dads, children, and teens from across the state.. Stop down between 10:00 and 11:30 am to enjoy some of the special presentations, singing of patriotic songs, and guest speakers with us. Learn more at afhe.org/capitol-day.

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]