Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134



For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Slatter
April 27, 2004 (540) 338-8663

** Media Advisory **

HOME SCHOOL FAMILIES GATHER IN PENNSYLVANIA



Washington, DC – Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) President J. Michael Smith will be in Harrisburg, May 7 – May 8, for the 2nd Annual Long Island/New York State Loving Education at Home (NYS LEAH) Homeschool Convention. Smith will be addressing families from around the state on several subjects including "The History and Future of American Education." Approximately 1,000 homeschoolers are expected to attend the conference.

HSLDA has been at the forefront of the modern homeschool movement. "Fighting for a parents' right to homeschool and preparing the next generation to change the culture has been our mission for over 20 years," said Somerville.

Homeschooling is entering the mainstream and this is in large part due to the efforts of the HSLDA legal team.

"Homeschool graduates are succeeding in all walks of life and consequently many more families are gaining the confidence to begin homeschooling for themselves," said Somerville.

Scott Somerville, homeschooling father of six, joined HSLDA in 1992. In the last 21 years HSLDA has grown to over 80,000 member families and defended the rights of homeschool families before the courts, state legislatures and Congress while handling thousands of legal conflicts with social workers, truant officers, superintendents, police and prosecutors.

Event – Loving Education at Home (LEAH) Convention
Location – The Bible Korean United Methodist Church, 1201 Carlls Straight Path, Dix Hills, Long Island
Date – April 30 – May 1

If your organization would like to schedule an interview with Scott Somerville on topics such as how-to-homeschool, legal battles, benefits of homeschooling or social worker harassment please contact Ian Slatter, Director of Media Relations at (540) 338 8663 or via e-mail Ian@hslda.org.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 20 year old, 80,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.