On Oct. 17, 2018, hundreds of homeschoolers from across the state gathered at our State Capitol to celebrate the proclamation of “Homeschool Week in Michigan” by our state legislature. The event was kicked off at Central United Methodist Church with a panel discussion which focused on the past, present, and future of homeschooling in Michigan, emceed by James Muffett of Citizens for Traditional Values. Panelists included: Mike Winter (Executive Director for MiCHN / INCH), Israel Wayne (Commu-nications Coordinator for MiCHN), Patti Sailor (long-time home schooling advocate), and David Kallman, Esq. (Kallman Legal Group). The room was packed and there was a great excitement in the air as homeschoolers gathered to celebrate the tremen-dous freedom we have in Michigan to teach our children at home.
After a catered lunch provided by Chick-fil-A of Lansing (families were welcome to bring their own lunch as well), we headed to the steps of the Capitol for a time of prayer, singing patrioitic songs, and a reading of the Homeschool Week Proclamation from Sen. Patrick Colbeck. We were also treated to a wonderful greeting from Sen. Phil Pavlov, chairman of the Senate Education Committee. We are grateful to both men for their consistent support of home education freedoms in our state.
Many children were able to learn about civics, state government, and the legislative process as families toured the Capitol Building and learned about how laws are introduced and passed in the legislature. It was fun to watch the children stare in awe at the 160-foot-high rotunda, and ask many questions in the House and Senate chambers. Some families also had the opportunity to visit and tour the Michigan Supreme Court Hall of Justice.
Families also had a chance to visit their legislators’ offices and deliver to them a free book and information packet on homeschooling (provided by MiCHN), to help their representatives and senators learn more about our history and why we believe homeschooling works best when it is free from unnecessary government red tape and cumbersome regulations. In 2019, following the election in November, we will have an influx of many new legislators who do not know MiCHN, or even much about our homeschooling community here in Michigan. Thus we want to make sure we meet with them early in the year, instead of waiting until the fall.
So the date has already been set for our next Day Under the Dome event: May 16, 2019. This will be on the Thursday just before our annual INCH Conference, happening at the Lansing Center (also in downtown Lansing) on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2019. We encourage you to clear your calendars for that week and plan now to come to Lansing! Please pass on the information to everyone in your homeschooling support group or co-op so they, too, can save those dates. Then let’s plan to come together for Michigan’s Homeschool Week 2019: three days of encouragement, education, family fun, field trips, relationship-building, shopping in the exhibit hall and at the state’s largest used curriculum sale, homeschool leaders forum, recognition of Michigan’s 2019 graduates, and much more!
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(Photo Credit: Melissa Hansz)