Legislative Days (aka Cherry Pie Day)
Watch here for Cherry Pie Day 2017!
A BIG THANK YOU to all the families that have helped to make this event a success over the years!"ICHE's Cherry Pie Day has become a staple that all the lawmakers look forward to.Rather then demanding more money or more recognition, the homeschoolers inIllinois take this day out to tell our legislators thanks for simply leaving us aloneto train up our children according to our own conscience." (ICHE Website)
Legislative Days draw hundreds of homeschoolers to Springfield to sing, pray, and deliver homemade cherry pies to our state legislators. This year, for the first time, homeschool families were able to gather in the Capitol rotunda to be led in prayer and song by Pastor James McDonald. Several display boards were prepared by homeschool families telling who homeschoolers are, why they choose to educate at home, and why homeschooling is "good" for Illinois. These projects were displayed outside the hearing rooms for the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.
Cherry pies came from all over the state, but the St. Clair County Homeschool Group was the heavy weight with their tasty donation of over 87 pies. Way to go! (2015)
Everyone had fun telling stories of the day and renewing friendships at a fellowship reception later that afternoon.
Many families continued on for the next two days and enjoyed tours of the Governor's Mansion, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln's Home, Lincoln's Tomb, and New Salem. There were also guest speakers and workshops to attend. Workshops were followed by Prayer Walks through the Capitol and included tours of the Senate while in session and the floor of the House of Representatives.
2017 Legislative Days will be announced soon!