2007 Apple Pie Day
By: Deborah Butler

Apple Pie Day
Thursday, May 10th, 8 a.m – 5
Capitol, Salem

By Deborah Butler

Since the 1993 legislative session, homeschoolers have visited the Capitol on Apple Pie Day with home-baked apple pies for the legislators. Homeschool students volunteer as pages in the House and Senate. At noon, homeschool families from all over the state gather on the Capitol steps for a rally, while a homeschool choir sings.

            Think of it as a huge civics field trip: Your family can tour the Supreme Court and Capitol building. You can attend a class on homeschool freedoms and the legislative process. You can sit in the gallery for the opening of the legislative sessions, attend committee hearings, and participate in the noon rally. Older students can participate in the legislative process by volunteering as Honorary Pages. You and your children can visit your legislator.

            Apple Pie Day is not only an opportunity for a great civics field trip, but also a chance to meet your legislator and share your opinions on issues. With so many important bills before our legislature, bills that affect our freedoms to homeschool (see story on page 8), this becomes even more important. Apple Pie Day is when your legislator puts a face to homeschooling: yours. Your well-behaved children also make a big impression.

            Apple Pie Day only occurs every other year. It has become a much-anticipated event each legislative session, both for homeschoolers and for the legislators. Don’t miss the opportunity for your family to learn about and be involved in the legislative process!           

Things to Do

1) Meet your legislators

Call now to make an appointment with your state senator and representative. To find out your legislators’ contact information see: www.leg.state.or.us. Invite another family to go with you from your area. OCEANetwork strives to have every legislator visited on Apple Pie Day so please contact Bob and Colleen Busch at 503-390-8043 or bob_busch@yahoo.com with your appointment information.

2) Bring a pie

Bake a pie and bring it to the Hospitality Room, in the basement, HR 50, between 8:00 – 10:00am. This is a great activity for homeschool support groups to work on together! Extra pies are always needed. Contact Bob & Colleen Busch with the number of pies you can bring at: 503-390-8043 or bob_busch@yahoo.com.

3) Rally at the Capitol

This is a “must attend” noontime event. During the rally the award-winning Logos Academy Home School Band will be performing, along with the All-State Choir. Homeschool-friendly legislators will be there, along with other homeschool heroes. Don’t miss this!

4) Statewide homeschool choir

This is an exciting opportunity for your homeschooled child to sing in a statewide homeschool choir. Students from all over the state will learn the hymns before Apple Pie Day and will gather to practice at 10:05 a.m. (under the direction of Dave Hodges), at Willamette University in Smith Auditorium. Dress code for choir is a white blouse and black skirt for girls and white shirt and black pants for boys. Songs are: “God of Our Fathers” (verses 1 & 4) and “America the Beautiful” (verses 1, 2, & 4). For words, music or more information, contact Dave & Julie Hodges at 503-383-8906 or Butlers9@juno.com. To have a copy of music mailed to you send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Dave and Julie Hodges, 6605 McLeod Lane NE Keizer, OR 97303.

5) Homeschool Freedoms 101

OCEANetwork will present a training session Thursday morning from 9 -10 a.m. in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University (behind the Capitol.) During the class your family will discover how laws are made, receive an up-to-the minute report on the Home Education Bill, get some tips for visiting your legislators, and learn more about homeschooling in Oregon.

6) Music in the Rotunda

Opportunities to play music in the rotunda will be available throughout the day. Please submit an audition recording to: Karen Almquist 895 Woodland Dr. NE Silverton, OR 97381. For more information contact: karenalmquist@verizon.net or call 503-873-3175. Mrs. Almquist will notify you regarding audition approval and playing times.

7) Capitol tours

OCEANetwork has prearranged several tours just for homeschoolers on May 10. The Capitol Building Tour describes the legislative process, the Capitol Building and the history of the Capitol. The Capitol Tower Tour takes families up the tower to the base of the golden pioneer. The Supreme Court Tour focuses on the judicial process. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Call Marc and Kelly Smith, 541-258-8854, or email request to smithfam9@centurytel.net to sign up for a tour.

8) Older students are needed to be Apple Pie Day guides

Apple Pie Day Guides are needed to assist homeschool families. They will answer questions and give directions to homeschool families and run errands for the Home Education Week staff. Contact Wes or Deborah Butler: 503-873-3159 or Butlers9@juno.com.

Honorary Pages: Students 12 years old and older can spend a day working as an Honorary Page in the House or Senate. Students receive a briefing on the legislative process, become oriented to the Capitol and run errands for legislators. Contact your state representative or senator and find out if there is a spot open.

9) How to dress


Families often wonder how they should dress and behave in Salem. Quiet, polite, friendly behavior, and church clothes or business attire (dresses for girls and shirts and ties for men) are appropriate.


Information Contacts

Bake a Pie

Legislative Appt. Notification

Host Housing

Bob & Colleen Busch, 503-390-8043, Bob_Busch @yahoo.com


Homeschool Choir

Dave and Julie Hodges 503-383-8906 or Butlers9@juno.com


Capitol/Supreme Court Tours

Marc & Kelly Smith, 541-258-8854, SmithFam9@centurytel.net



Wes & Deborah Butler, 503-873-3159, Butlers9@juno.com

Help Support Apple Pie Day

Make a donation to help sponsor Apple Pie Day at OCEANetwork, 17985 Falls City Road, Dallas, OR, 97338. Thank you.

Apple Pie Day Schedule

Thursday May 10th


·    Home Educator’s Hospitality Room open all day in Hearing Room 50 (basement of Capitol)

·    Display table in Capitol Galleria – “An apple from the teacher”


·    Capitol Building Tours


·    Home School Freedoms 101 Class – Willamette University, Smith Auditorium

10:05am-11:30 am

·    Statewide Homeschool Choir rehearsal in Willamette University, Smith Auditorium


·    Opening Prayer and homeschool students perform in Senate and House of Representatives


·    LOGOS Homeschool Band performing on Capitol steps


·    Homeschool Rally on Capitol steps


·    Homeschool students musical performances in the Rotunda

1:00 pm

·    Hearings TBA

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