Legislative Days (aka Cherry Pie Day)
Cherry Pie Day May 17, 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 has routinely donated a large majority of the pies!
It is so very important that homeschoolers keep a strong presence in Springfield and Cherry Pie Day is one way we do that. We will gather at the iWorship Center on the evening of May 16th for fellowship. Cherry Pie Day is on the 17th. To see the full schedule, click here We encourage families and support groups from throughout the state to bring Cherry Pies to the capitol. Although the event is FREE, please register so we know how many Cherry Pies we need. Cherry Pie Day is a two-day event in order to provide more opportunities for homeschoolers to attend. The dates are May 16 and 17. Here is the link to the ICHE page: http://www.iche.org/events/7217/05-16-2017/2017-iche-legislative-days Their goal is to provide 220 pies for our legislators, and SCCCHE has always provided the bulk of those pies. Here are the ways you can get involved: - Make pies to send. (Cherry pie only – no other flavor or kind of pastry) - Hire someone to bake pies on your behalf (Peterson kids are willing - $5/pie) - Offer to bake pies on the behalf of others - Help collect pies to be taken up to Springfield - Take pies up to Springfield and help distribute them to the legislators - Consider donating to ICHE (see link above) Josh Peterson is coordinating the pie delivery for SCCCHE, so please direct all your communications to him. firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text 618-806-5674. Additional notes: Flat-rate boxes from the P.O. are a perfect size for pies, and they are free!
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.