Capitol Day


Join us at the Statehouse on Wednesday, October 20th!

Start your homeschool year off right and head to the Statehouse on October 20th for a fun
and educational event hosted by Christian Home Educators of Ohio!

Capitol Day is a great field trip for students and teacher alike! It provides an important opportunity for home educators to better understand the legislative process in Ohio and how we can positively affect this system. This event is also a wonderful way to fulfill some of the history requirements for your school year!

Come and enjoy engaging speakers, Statehouse tours, a special legislative update with Melanie Elsey, an interactive Scavenger Hunt for all our guests, give-aways and more! All students will also receive a beautiful certificate to commemorate the day and their participation.

We hope to see you in October!


Event Information...

Event Details

Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 4:00
Address: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

Registration Fees

CHEO Members:  $20/family
Non-Members:  $35/family
On-site Registration:  $35/family

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions regarding this event?
Check out this helpful page:

Capitol Day FAQ

2021 Capitol Day Speakers

State Representative, Sarah Fowler Arthur

State Representative Sarah Fowler Arthur is currently serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 99th House District, which includes portions of Ashtabula and Geauga Counties.

Prior to being elected to the House, Fowler Arthur has served on the Ohio State Board of Education since 2013. She is the first homeschool graduate in the nation to be elected to a State Board of Education.

A small business owner, Sarah started her first business when she was just eleven years old, operating “Sarah’s Eggs” for thirteen years and now operates Badger Run Berries, LLC, a developing u-pick blueberry farm in Rock Creek.

Sarah and her husband currently reside in Geneva-on-the-Lake where they co-produce the international YouTube channel ‘Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur.’

Historical Interpreter, Bill Foley

Bill’s family is originally from York, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

At an early age, Gettysburg was the spark that ignited the flame to his interest and passion in American Civil War history. Since that time, Bill has spent endless hours visiting historic American sites and battlefields like: Manassass, Shiloh, Fredericksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Appomattox Court House to name only a few.

Bill’s first job as a pre-teen was working at the original Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center.

Bill is an active member of the National Civil War Museum and a member of the National Civil War Battlefield Preservation Trust. You don’t want to miss this exciting presentation!!

Legislative Liaison, Melanie Elsey

Melanie Elsey has been on staff with CHEO since 1994. Over the years she has been instrumental in safe-guarding the rights of families to freely home educate. Having formerly taught in the public schools, she left the classroom to focus on home educating her (now grown) children.

In addition to her work with CHEO, Melanie serves as the National Legislative Director for the American Policy Roundtable and is a Panelist on The Public Square® radio broadcast. She can be heard weekly bringing the message of responsible citizenship to the public on The Public Square® radio program, co-hosted by Dave Zanotti and Wayne Shepherd.

Melanie lives in Uniontown, Ohio with her husband, John.

State Representative, Reggie Stoltzfus

Representative Stoltzfus was born and raised in Hartville, a community of Stark County. Along with his wife of 17 years, Jennette, Rep. Stoltzfus owns and operates several local businesses, employing around 40 people.

In addition to his personal understanding of growing and supporting a healthy small business sector, Rep. Stoltzfus is actively involved in various community organizations, including being elected as former Paris Township Trustee and Board president, serving as a member and past president of the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce, organizing the Paris Township cleanup day for several years and attending Minerva First Christian Church, where he has served in various leadership roles.

A proud graduate of Lake High School, Rep. Stoltzfus also attended Malone University where he studied Political Science. Rep. Stoltzfus resides on a small farm in Paris Township with his wife and four children.

Schedule for the Day...


2021 Capitol Day Schedule:


8:45      Registration Begins in the Atrium

9:15      Welcome – opening prayer, introductions, and announcements

9:30      Statehouse Guided Tour #1 (TOUR #1 IS NOW FULL.)

10:20    State Representative Sarah Fowler Arthur (Atrium)
Legislative Perspective – Melanie Elsey

11:00    State Representative Reggie Stoltzfus (Atrium)

11:30 – 12:45 Lunch is on your own

12:50     Ohio House Chamber Gallery – up to the max seating capacity
(Please be seated before session begins at 1:00pm. It is imperative that there is no distractive noise in the Gallery once session begins.)

1:00       Ohio House Session – Home educated students will be recognized by Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp at the beginning of the session.
After recognition students and parents may QUIETLY exit the gallery OR quietly stay as long as desired to observe the House in session.

1:45      Statehouse Guided Tour #2 (TOUR #2 IS NOW FULL.)

2:30      Bill Foley, Civil War Interpreter

3:15      Wrap up / Prize drawings



Countdown to Fun!