RALLY DAY

Historically, since 1985 Rally Day is the vehicle THEA has used to present the good news about home education to the Legislators of Tennessee.   It is THEA’s signature event.

The event is simple.  Homeschooling families come to Nashville to meet their legislators, the State Senator and the person selected to be the member of the House of Representatives that represents them.  Every person in the state has one State Senator and one House of Representatives member.

THEA encourages every home school family to attend Rally Day so that our legislators see that we want them to know what we are doing and so that when they vote on legislation, they will be thinking about you, your family, and your children.

Homeschooling families have used their freedom to educate their children well.  In general we have behaved in a responsible manner making it easy for our state legislature to expand our freedoms to function as families free to educate our children.

Thank you for working hard to develop a wise, peaceful, healthy family.  Come join us once a year for Rally Day to meet the two people who represent you in your State of Tennessee government, plus you’ll meet a lot of other freedom loving people, too.

 

 

 

 


 

Sara Lee Harris Speech Competition

Calling All TN Home Schoolers, 8-18!!! to enter THEA & CCT's Sara Lee Harris Christian Apologetics Platform Speech Competition! THEA's only Speech Contest & only one with Cash Awards Announcing Winners on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

THEA chapters & TN home schoolers, please post on your websites, FB pages & forward to your email lists, support group, tutorial & co-ops! Thank you!!

 

About the Competition:

This special Speech Contest is held for Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA) members and is sponsored by THEA, www.tnhea.org &

Christian Communicators of Tennessee, CCT, www.cctennessee.org

 

As in past years the two divisions of student competitors, Senior Varsity, ages 13 + up, and Junior Varsity, ages 8-12, will participate in this Platform Apologetics Speech Contest with different Apologetics questions to answer in their speeches and with different rules and guidelines specific and appropriate to each age group.

 

The Junior Varsity Worldview Apologetics Platform Speech Competition

Ages 8-12

The Junior Division Contest is an Apologetics Platform Speech Competition. To compete in this Contest, Junior Division students will prepare a 3-minute maximum speech. It can be a scaled down version of their 5-minute Apologetics Speech prepared for tournaments, as the five questions for this event come from the JV Apologetics questions used at our 2020-2021 tournaments.

 

The Apologetics Platform Speech Competition deals with issues of the Christian faith. The goal of this Speech is to motivate students to study their Christian faith and be prepared to articulate a defense of what they believe. Junior Division students prepare a 3-minute maximum speech on one of the topics listed below.

 

JV Apologetics questions for SLH Speech 2021:

Choose one question to answer in your Speech:

  1. How is the Bible different from other religious writings?
  2. Why do you love Jesus?
  3. Why is it important to believe in a literal 6 day ("morning & evening" Gen.1:5) creation?
  4. Is the Resurrection of Jesus essential to the Christian faith?
    5. Can God be both merciful and just?
  5. Is the Old Testament historically reliable?
  6. Why is it important that Jesus Christ be both fully God and fully man?

 

The Senior Varsity Worldview Apologetics Platform Speech Competition

Ages 13 + up

 

To compete in this Contest, Senior Division students will prepare an 8-minute maximum Platform Apologetics Speech. Learn more about the Platform Apologetics Speech from the Ballots and the Judge’s Worksheet in the attachments.

 

Like the Junior Division, the questions for the Senior Division Platform Apologetics Speech include some of the same questions used for Stoa tournaments, our National Speech & Debate League, www.stoausa.org. Those students familiar with the Stoa Apologetics Questions will recognize that these are not all from the same category of questions, but are chosen from multiple categories.

 

**We also want to be certain students realize that the SV Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Speech is first of all a Platform (written & memorized, not a Limited Prep) Speech and is also a scaled down version, an 8-minute version of the 10-minute Speech in Stoa tournament competitions.

 

SV Apologetics questions for SLH Speech 2021:

Choose one question to answer in your Speech:

1.What does it mean that God is triune? Why is this important?

2.Compare and contrast justification with sanctification.

3.What does it mean to call Jesus Christ the “Lamb of God”? Why is this important?

4.What does the term “fall of man” mean and why is it important?

5.What is the Gospel and why is it the core of the Christian faith?

6.How is it possible for an individual to have a personal relationship with an almighty God?

7.Respond to the statement by St. Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” 

8.  Analyze the quote by Fyodor Dostoevsky: “If there is no God, then all things are permissible.”

 

Awards:

The Awards schedule for the Sara Lee Harris Worldview Speech Contest is:

Senior Division:        

1st place-$500

 2nd place-$200

 3rd place-$125

 

Junior Division:          

 1st place-$100

 2nd place-$50

 3rd place-$25

 

How to Participate in the Sara Lee Harris Worldview Speech Contest

Submit Your Speeches Electronically

 

To enter the Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Speech Contest, the student’s family must be a member of THEA through their local THEA chapter: MHEA, WTHEA, MTHEA, SMHEA, CSTHEA, MID-EAST THEA, NETHEA &/or the state-wide Speech & Debate chapter, CCT.  If you are a member of a Speech & Debate Club which is also affiliated with CCT, you are a member of THEA.  Any THEA member family's students, ages 8-12, may enter, the student does not have to be involved in Christian home school Speech & Debate.

 

If you are not yet a member of THEA, join through your local chapter. Go to your chapter's web site, contact them to join THEA. If you don't know or are unclear which is your chapter, go to the  THEA web site, https://www.tnhea.org/find-your-chapter. Scroll down to find a link to your chapter's website.  Contact your local chapter of THEA to jointly join both the state organization, THEA, and your local chapter.

 

Then, students must e-mail 2 copies of their typed speech to THEA at these e-mail addresses: [email protected] and carbon copied to [email protected]

TYPE: "Sara Lee Harris Speech Contest" in the SUBJECT LINE, so we don't overlook your speech! If your email does not have "Sara Lee Harris Speech Contest" in the SUBJECT LINE, it will not be entered into this Contest.  The two copies of your speech can be sent as an attachment to your e-mail or typed into the body of your e-mail. One copy must have all the student's identification information along with the question they are answering in their speech. The 2nd copy can be in or attached to the same email, but must have NO personal identification on it. This copy will go to the Judges. Thank you!

 

Your speeches must be submitted to THEA to [email protected] and carbon copied to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 27, 2021. We are not requiring audio copies of your speeches, only e-mailed submissions. Speeches not submitted on time will not be considered. 

 

Judging Criteria

The criteria judges will use in evaluating both the Junior and Senior Division Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Speeches include an analysis of the content of the Speech and how effectively the question chosen is answered.

 

The judges will evaluate the Apologetics speeches by whether the defense is logical and well-reasoned. This is not primarily a devotional speech, but a well-reasoned, logical defense of a Biblical position.

 

Questions Judges will consider about your speech content include:

  • Did the student provide a researched defense of Biblical truth appropriate to their age group? 
  •  Did the student present a captivating introduction?
  • Did the student integrate the topic with a clear thesis statement?
  • Did the student answer the topic / question selected for their speech?
  • Is there a cohesive body of thought?
  • Did the student support assertions with outside evidence?
  • Did the student properly cite sources?
  • Most importantly, did the student provide a biblical basis for their position?
  • Did the student relate a clear thesis statement?
  • Did the student demonstrate a thorough, working knowledge of their topic, of Scripture and other sources?
  • Did the student appropriately use analysis and reasoning, presenting a logical, well-reasoned flow of ideas? 

Judges are encouraged to use the attached ballots (attached as .pdf docs) as they evaluate your speeches, though these are not shared with students, but only for our judges. The criteria regarding vocal and physical presentation, vocal pitch, rhythm, pitch, inflection, volume, facial expression, eye contact, pronunciation, energy, professional appearance, etc., obviously CAN NOT be used as judging criteria for either the JV or the SV SLH speeches. These speeches are judged based on their content and how effectively and thoroughly they answer the specific Apologetic question.  Failure to address the topic or answer your question is, of course, a major flaw in your speech and can result in disqualification of the Speech.

 

More specific details on the judging criteria can be found in the attached Judge's Ballots & Judge’s Worksheets for both the Senior Varsity and the Junior Varsity SLH Apologetics Speeches.

 

Don’t forget that this SLH SENIOR VARSITY SPEECH is ONLY 8 minutes in length, NOT 10 minutes and that this SLH JUNIOR VARSITY SPEECH is ONLY 3 minutes in length, NOT 5 minutes!  

Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021.  Results will be posted to the THEA, www.tnhea.org website on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021.

 

Sara Lee Harris was Lana Thornton's mother.  She loved nothing better than talking with her neighbors, friends, and family about the love of God for them and the provision He made through His Son Jesus Christ for them to have eternal life.  Her love of teaching the Bible, teaching Bible studies, praying for hundreds of missionaries, and passing out gospel tracts inspired us to name this event in her memory.  

Rally Day Activities

Celebrating Home Education!

A Call to Homeschool Families: Take the Good News about Home Education to your Legislators

House of Representatives, State Capitol Building, Nashville, TN 37243

TN Home Schoolers

Capitol Hill Rally & Legislators Reception Day

Rally Day, the Day on Capitol Hill hosted and sponsored by TN Home Education Association, www.tnhea.org, for Tennessee homeschooling families to bring the good report of home education to our elected law-makers. It is very important for our lawmakers to see their home-schooling constituents and to learn about the strength & vibrancy of home education in Tennessee!  Join homeschoolers from across our state on Capitol Hill for Rally Day!  We’ll gather for our Rally in the historic House of Representatives Chamber (see below) in our Capitol Building for a celebration of home education.


 

Our state legislators offices and Committee Rooms are in the newly renovated Cordell Hull Building 

...into the repurposed Cordell Hull Building.

 

The Rally

We will have our Rally in the beautiful and historic Tennessee House of Representatives Chamber in our Capitol Building. As other groups are doing since the move has occurred, we’ll have access to the House Chamber floor and the two galleries on either side of the Chamber for our Rally. We are connected to our lawmakers and their offices in the Cordell Hull Building through an amazing, beautiful under-ground tunnel!

Our Tennessee House of Representatives Chamber in the Capitol

 
 
Our Rally will take place in the House Chamber.  Following the Rally, three options of Chick-Fil-A box lunches, which must be pre-purchased here, and will be available for families just down the hallway in the historic and gorgeous Senate Library. 

The Historic Senate

Library Staircase

 

The deep Underground Tunnel between the Capitol and the Legislative Offices in the Cordell Hull Building

What can my family do on Rally Day?

  • Plan to come to the Rally in the historic House of Representatives Chamber in the Tennessee State Capitol Building from 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 AM. See a picture of the House Chamber on this web site.
  • Pre-order your Chick-Fil-A box lunch here, and eat in the beautiful, historic Legislators Lounge down the hall for the  House Chamber or outside on the Balconies surrounding it.
  • Cookies are prepared for you to take to the legislator’s office for your lawmakers and their staff in our signature red gift bags. The staff cannot wait to get their cookies. Delivery begins when the Rally Program is over. The Cookie Delivery Table will set up on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull Office Building, accessed through the underground tunnel. We recommend you plan to eat your lunch first and then go deliver Cookies to our lawmakers and their staff.
  • In the afternoon, from 1:00 – 4:00, Christian Communicators of Tennessee, www.CCTennessee.org, will host a Student Congress Tournament for home schooled students in the Senate and House Chambers of the Capitol Building. Learn more about this tournament here.

Call your state Senator and Representative now to get an appointment to meet and talk with them on Rally Day.

See details below of how to find who they are and how to call them.

  • Private Appointments with Your Lawmakers – VERY IMPORTANT! The MOST important thing you and your family can do on Rally Day is scheduling meetings with your state Senator and state Representative. YOU, Tennessee home school families, support groups, teen groups, tutorials, co-ops, sports teams, speech & debate clubs, and, again, especially, family groups, meeting face-to-face with your lawmakers is crucial! You present an extremely significant message of the success of home schooling to your lawmakers. They want to see their constituents!  
  • Please do this! Call now and make a 10-15-minute appointment with each of your two lawmakers. The best times to schedule your meeting will be after the Rally ends, between 12:00 and 4:30 p.m. or, if you can arrange this, prior to the Rally,
  • Click here to go to the Find Your Legislators page on the Tennessee General Assembly website. Use the tabs in the column on the right-hand side of the page. Remember these are your representatives in a republic, representative form of government, dependent on your vote to hold office and therefore they are ultimately in office because you put them there.
  • As we toured their office building, friendly lawmakers stopped to speak with us and reiterated how much they enjoy seeing their constituents in their Capitol Hill offices. When you meet face-to-face with your legislators always be courteous, respectful and gracious! Remember 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 schedule a visit with your legislators, your Representative and Senator. 

Represent Tennessee home educators while you experience an awesome civics field trip with 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. Take our signature Red Gift Bag of Cookies to their office! For information on State Senators and Representatives, including phone numbers and email addresses click on the link below

To Find Your Legislator:

  • Use your home address and go to the right side of the webpage after clicking here.
  • Or call the legislative Switchboard at 615-741-3011

Plan to bring each legislator a letter from your children, thanking them for their service to our state. Take your camera and have a picture made with them. Ask them for an autographed copy of “The Tennessee Blue Book”, a great resource of Tennessee history! Some families stop in many legislators’ offices and ask them to sign their “Blue Book”.

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! Many have told us there is no other day on Capitol Hill like Rally Day!!

AND that is because of you!! Plan to be there with your family!!

Cookie Delivery

Before you visit your legislator, stop at the Cookie Gift Bag Tables in the lobby just outside the House of Representatives Chamber, on the 2nd Floor of the Capitol, site of our Rally, and take a bag of Cookies to their staff along with the Rally Day Program Booklet for your lawmakers.

The West Tennessee Home Education Association, WTHEA, for over a decade, prepared 180 dozen cookies and sweet treats in our signature red gift bags, for the staff in our legislator’s offices. Now WTHEA divides the workload with the Memphis Home Education Association, MHEA, with each THEA Chapter in West Tennessee making 100 dozen cookies for our lawmakers and their staff! All these yummy treats in our attractive gift bags are ready for you to deliver! Thank you WTHEA & MHEA!!

Remember, we need YOU to take Cookies with you to the offices of your legislators when you visit. Pick them up at the COOKIE tables outside the House of Representatives Chamber before you go to your appointments.

Even if you do not make an appointment with your legislators you can deliver cookies—it’s fun—the staff watches for our Cookie Gift Bags on Rally Day! Help with this effort between Noon to 3:00 p.m. on Rally Day!

Displays of Your Home School Student's Projects & Activities &/or Your Support Group, Tutorial or Co-op

Prepare and bring an exhibit to be displayed in our Legislator’s Luncheon Reception area of the new Cordell Hull State Office Building showing what your homeschool and home school group is doing. If you have an exhibit you’d like to display, please contact Pam Archer prior to March 12, 2020 at <[email protected]> or call her at 615-516-6157.  There are tables for our use in the Legislator’s Luncheon Reception area. THEA will provide the to-the floor tablecloth for your table. You supply the display for the 5’ x 2’ tables!! If you miss Pam, leave a message with your request for a table and your contact information.

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 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 about!

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 with the tremendous change for our legislators in the move of their offices to the Cordell Hull Building, we’ll meet for our Rally in the Capitol Building’s historic House of Representatives Chamber.

Activity Overview

Come enjoy the Rally in our historic House of Representatives Chamber! Did you know they call this the “People’s House”, it’s our House? Join with fellow home educators from all our great state to hear from Gov. Bill Lee (invited), HSLDA’s TN attorney, Dan Beasley, from our lawmakers who have home schooled, honor fellow home school students from across the state as we recognize their accomplishments together and more!

After the Rally, step down the beautiful 2ndfloor hallway to the historic Legislator’s Lounge, formerly the Senate Library, to enjoy your pre-ordered Chick-Fil-A boxed lunch, chips, cookie and water bottle. Then, go to meet with your lawmakers, take their them and their staff our pre-prepared signature red gift bags of homemade goodies, watch the home school students as they debate the bills they have written for the Student Congress tournament in the historic Senate & House Chambers in the Capitol Building.

As you can tell, lots takes place during the Rally! Home school musical groups will thrill us with their amazing talent and beautiful music! Outstanding Students from each of the eight THEA chapters, will be congratulated. Legislators will be honored. Special student speakers will include the Junior and Senior Division first place winners of the Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Worldview Speech Contest

Home Schooler’s Lunch – PRE-PAY ONLINE

Lunch for home school families attending Rally Day will be served from tables in the beautiful Legislator’s Lounge, formerly the Senate Library, just down the hallway in the Capitol from the House of Representatives Chamber immediately following the Rally in the Auditorium.

There are three choices of Chick-Fil-A Box lunches, all include chips, cookie and bottled water.

The Home Schooler’s Rally Day lunch menu is:

  1. Option #1: Chick-Fil-A 12-count fried Nuggets, Ranch Dressing, water bottle, chips, & cookie.
  2. Option #2: Chick-Fil-A Chicken Wrap w/ Ranch Dressing, bottled water, chips, & cookie
  3. Option #3: Chick-Fil-A Chilled, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, bottled water, chips, & cookie.

To register and pay for lunch, click here.

Legislators Luncheon on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building

THEA will serve a luncheon to all the legislators and their staff in the Conference Rooms on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building, just off the elevators. A homeschool group of parents and teens will represent us as they serve our guests, our Tennessee State lawmakers, their staff, the State Troopers and other support staff.

Home School Day on Capitol Hill!! Don’t Miss it!!

We look forward to seeing you there!

For parking in downtown Nashville, the links below have information about the many garages and surface lots including maps and info on the $5 & $10 parking spots.

https://www.parkitdowntown.com/maps/interactive-map

https://www.parkitdowntown.com/parking/5-and-10-parking-options

 

 

 

Sara Lee Harris Winners:

Click Here

Homeschooler’s Lunch – PRE-PAY ONLINE

Lunch for home school families attending Rally Day will be served from tables in the beautiful Senate Library just down the hallway in the Capitol from the House of Representatives Chamber immediately following the Rally in the Auditorium.

There are three choices of Chick-Fil-A Box lunches, all include chips, cookie and bottled water.

The Homeschooler’s Rally Day lunch menu is:

  1. Option #1: Chick-Fil-A 12-count fried Nuggets, Ranch Dressing, water bottle, chips, & cookie.
  2. Option #2: Chick-Fil-A Chicken Wrap w/ Ranch Dressing, bottled water, chips, & cookie
  3. Option #3: Chick-Fil-A Chilled, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, bottled water, chips, & cookie.

To register and pay for lunch, click here.

Legislators Luncheon on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building

THEA will serve a luncheon to all the legislators and their staff in the Conference Rooms on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building, just off the elevators. A homeschool group of parents and teens will represent us as they serve our guests, our Tennessee State law-makers, their staff, the State Troopers and other support staff.

Home School Day on Capitol Hill!! We need you there! Don’t Miss it!!

We look forward to seeing you there!

For parking in Nashville the two attached documents with information about the garages and surface lots including maps is included.

Additional Rally Day Information

Since 1985 Rally Day keeps on being the vehicle THEA has used to present the good news about home education to the Legislators of Tennessee.   It is THEA’s signature event.

On one hand the event is simple.  Homeschooling families come to Nashville to meet their legislators, the State Senator and the person selected to be the member of the House of Representatives that represents them.  Every person in the state has one State Senator and one House of Representatives member.

THEA encourages every home school family to attend Rally Day so that our legislators see that we want them to know what we are doing and so that when they vote on legislation, they will be thinking about you, your family, and your children.

Homeschooling families have used their freedom to educate their children well.  In general we have behaved in a responsible manner making it easy for our state legislature to expand our freedoms to function as families free to educate our children.

Thank you.  Come join us once a year for Rally Day to meet the two people who represent you in your State of Tennessee government, plus you’ll meet a lot of other freedom loving people, too.

FREE:  Sign-up to receive information about Rally Day here.

You will be sent information about Rally Day this year and in the future.

 

 

Lunches must be Pre Purchased Before 6 PM on March 13, 2018

Buy Lunch:  You may chose from 4 delicious Chic-Fil-A meals, plus a bag of chips, cookie, and bottled water.

Press here to sign up and buy lunch.   Select the meal you prefer and enter the number of people you want to buy lunch for and a window opens so you can enter their full names.  Enter the names and hit the “Submit” button.  You’ll be taken to the secure payment page.   On Rally Day at lunch time in the Senate Library everyone who has pre-ordered lunch may go pick up the meal they purchased.

All the people at registration and at the food line are home schoolers just like you.  Go through the line, get your lunch, find a convenient place to enjoy.

SECURITY” The Capitol Hill security team requires each person to go through metal detector screening similar to the airport.  Access into the Capitol Hill Legislative Office Buildings is controlled by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The primary entrance to the Tennessee House of Representatives chamber is from Charlotte Avenue between 6th and 7th Avenues, immediately across from the Legislative Plaza (former legislator’s offices).  Passing through security you will be in the tunnel.  Walk to the end of the tunnel and there are two elevators.  In the State Capitol building the House Chamber is on level 2.

As an alternate there is a secure entrance to the State Capitol on the west or 7th Avenue side of the building.  Walk up the steps and go around the Capitol building to the left side.  This entrance is just below the construction.

The primary entrance into the Cordell Hull building with legislative offices is from the 425 5th Avenue North, 37243 entrance.  In the Cordell Hull Legislator’s offices there is a tunnel to the State Capitol from level G.  THP has a security check station half way to the State Capitol.

Outstanding Students will be nominated and selected from each of the eight chapters in THEA.  Typically, two high school seniors and / or juniors are chosen from each geographic chapter and from our speech and debate chapter.

MHEA – Memphis-area Home Education Association
WTHEA – West Tennessee Home Education Association
MTHEA – Middle Tennessee Home Education Association
CSTHEA – Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association
METHEA – Mid-East Tennessee Home Education Association
NETHEA – Northeast Tennessee Home Education Association
SMHEA – Smoky Mountain Home Education Association
CCT – Christian Communicators of Tennessee
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