It’s our 33rd birthday, and we’re throwing a party! To celebrate, we’re reaching back through our archives to share some of our favorite moments, we’re giving YOU gifts, and we’re inviting you to join HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris and President Mike Smith, today, March 23 for a livestream update on homeschooling. Click here to start streaming.
***** UPDATE on “The State of Homeschooling” Livestream: This free event for all of our members and friends takes place at 8:00–8:30 ET tonight! Mike and Mike will give an update on where homeschooling is in 2016, report the latest legal and legislative developments and trends, and discuss how this year’s presidential election could impact homeschooling. They’ll answer your questions in a Q&A session at the end. Click here to watch the livestream and submit your questions during the event. See you tonight! *****
In appreciation for our members and your support through the years, we’re holding a special drawing for members with 5 chances to win. Enter by using the form at the bottom of this post (not a member? Join now!).
HERE’S WHAT YOU COULD WIN!
The First Prize Winner will receive:
- One free year of HSLDA membership!
The Second Prize Winner will choose one of these two prizes:
- Constitutional Literacy DVD course by Michael Farris & workbook
- Constitutional Law for Enlightened Citizens by Michael Farris (his classic textbook)
The 3rd – 5th Prize Winners will choose one of these five prizes:
- Adventures in Odyssey Adventures in American History audio CD series
- Our Constitution Rocks! by Juliette Turner
- Our Presidents Rock! by Juliette Turner
- The History of Old Glory from History America Print
- Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns and Elections by Peter and Cheryl Barnes
Be sure to sign up below for your chance to win! The birthday giveaway is for HSLDA members only and closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 23. Winners will be selected in random drawing on March 24.*
A FEW THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT HSLDA
HSLDA was founded on March 23, 1983 – and in honor of that, we asked Mike Farris (Chairman of the Board), Mike Smith (President of HSLDA), and Chuck Hurst (Vice President of Administration) for three little-known facts about HSLDA, and we collected some of our favorite memories over the years.
HSLDA has shared office space over the years with the Moral Majority of Washington, Hall Bearing Company, Fort Worth Texas (though not very long), Concerned Women for America, Free Congress Foundation, and Patrick Henry College. And we were once located above a saddle shop.
Back in 2001, HSLDA almost moved to Colorado Springs, but ultimately decided to stay in Northern Virginia due to our proximity to Washington, D.C., where we continue to lobby for homeschool freedom on Capitol Hill.
When I first came to HSLDA, all 12,000 member families had a physical manila folder that contained their original application, their renewal forms, and any correspondence. We had them sorted by state, then alphabetically. The learning experience for us was this: we discovered that around 10% of our members moved to another state annually—which kept someone moving files around almost continually, even when we didn’t have anything new to put in their file. So glad when we were able finally able to scan documents and stop moving those files around!
CELEBRATING SOME FAVORITE MOMENTS THROUGH THE YEARS—COME JOIN THE PARTY!
We love celebrating—so hold on to your hat and watch out for those balloons as we take a quick trip through some fun memories. Hope you enjoy the ride with us!
Thanks for your support through the years. We do this because of you, and couldn’t be prouder of the people we serve.
*HSLDA employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the giveaway. A random drawing will be conducted on March 24, 2016, and the winners will be contacted by email. If a winner does not respond to HSLDA’s prize notification within 24 hours, that entry will be discarded and a new winner will be drawn, with the same response rules applying.