Capitol Day

Sponsored by Malone University

Join us at the Statehouse on Tuesday, October 17th!

Start your homeschool year off right and head to the Statehouse on October 17th 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, legislative updates with Melanie Elsey, an interactive Scavenger Hunt for all our guests, giveaways 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 17, 2023
Time: 8:45 – 3:00
Address: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

Registration Fees

CHEO Members:  $25/family
Non-Members:  $40/family
On-site Registration:  $40/family

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Capitol Day FAQ

Capitol Day Speakers for 2023!

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 on The Public Square® radio program, co-hosted by Dave Zanotti and Wayne Shepherd.

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

State Legislator - Jenna Powell


State Representative Jena Powell is serving her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 80th District, which encompasses Miami County and the southern portion of Darke County.

Powell is from southern Darke County where her family has been farming for generations. After graduating with a degree in Business from Liberty University, Powell started a business in the district. Powell founded and leads the Ohio House Pro-Life Caucus and advocates for policies that will promote healthy families, small businesses, and thriving communities in Ohio. In 2019, Representative Powell was named to the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

The American Legion - Boys and Girls State

Buckeye Boys State
– An educational and leadership program that exposes young men to the rights, privileges, duties, responsibilities, love for God and Country necessary to being self-governing citizens.

Buckeye Girls State – Educating young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. Delegates can learn more about local and State Government in one week than in an entire semester in school.

Sharing about these programs… William Pennell

William has a long and effective history with the American Legion’s Buckeye Boy’s State!

For over 24 years, he has faithfully served in different positions with the organization. William acted as the head of the Buckeye Boy’s State legislature and as its President.

He and his wife, Donna, have two grown sons.

Malone University

We are thankful for the support from Malone University and excited for families to learn more about their campus and programs.

Schedule for the Day...


 2023 Capitol Day Schedule:

8:45       Registration begins
9:15      Opening Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Announcements
9:30       Welcome and A Word from Malone University
9:45       Statehouse Tour #1 (approx. 45 minutes)  
10:45     Speaker: William Pennell ~ Buckeye Boys and Girls State
11:30     Statehouse Tour #2 (approx. 45 minutes)  

   12:00 – 1:00   Lunch is on your own.

1:00      Speaker:  Jenna Powell – State Legislator
1:30      Speaker:  Melanie Elsey – CHEO Legislative Liaison
2:15     Statehouse Tour #3 (approx. 45 minutes)

     Online registration is closed. On-site registration is available on Tuesday.

Self guided tours are always available throughout the day.

Countdown to Fun!