Homeschool Day at the Capitol
April 25, 2018
All South Carolina homeschoolers are encouraged to meet at the State House in Columbia on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 for HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CAPITOL.
You will have the opportunity to meet Senators and Representatives. You can even observe the current General Session.
This is a great civic experience for the whole family!
Registration for Homeschool Day at the Capitol Opens on February 1, 2018.
When is Homeschool Day at the Capitol?
Homeschool Day at the Capitol is an annual event. This year it will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. This event will be held rain or shine.
Who can attend this event?
This event is open for ALL South Carolina homeschoolers and their families. SCHEA membership is not required in order to participate. Registration for the event is not required, but it is required for the tours. Free parking passes will be emailed to those who register.
How much does it cost to attend?
FREE! Learning about state government is an important part of our children's education and all events/tours are free. We will even send a free parking pass to families who register.
Where do I go when we get there?
We will meet outside the State House for Registration (in case of inclement weather, meet inside the Blatt Building). Look for the registration tables on the South Side of the State House. We will have information about Homeschool Day at the Capitol activities, contests, and area attractions.
Is there a dress code?
There is not a dress code, but we highly recommend that families come dressed nicely in order to make an excellent impression on the senators, representatives, and staff who are accustomed to business dress attire from their colleagues. They love seeing the kids dressed for success.
Tell me about the tours
You must sign up for tours when you register because the space is limited. This year we are offering the following tours: State House, Governor's Mansion, and Trinity Episcopal. Please be mindful of tour length and travel time between locations when you sign up. Please note that the minimum age for Statehouse tours is 3rd grade. The other tours are open to all ages.
Registration Opens on February 1, 2018
What kind of behavior is expected?
Good behavior and polite manners will stand out to the legislators and make a great impression. Children should stay with their parents and avoid loud noises and running around (even those who picnic outside for lunch).
Is there a kid's business card contest?
Yes! We encourage kids to create their own business cards. This will allow them to easily introduce themselves to the legislators they meet. We will have a prize drawing from the cards that are entered the Business Card Contest. The cards do not need to be professionally printed and creativity is encouraged.
Tell me about the Scavenger Hunt.
When you sign in at the registration table, you will have a Scavenger Hunt sheet for each child. The Scavenger Hunt will allow your family to learn more about the Capitol ground in a fun way. Your child will receive a small prize when they turn their completed sheet in at the registration table.
How do I get free parking?
We are working on obtaining free parking for this event as we have in previous years. If we receive approval, a printable parking pass will be emailed before the event to those who have registered online. ( If obtained, the pass can be used at any unbagged meter around the Statehouse or in the Park Street Garage until 5 PM on April 25, 2017. Full instructions will be included in the email with the pass).
Why does SCHEA organize this event?
SCHEA is the "legislative watchdog" for homeschool families in South Carolina. As such, we are a 501(c)(3) and can only give information about legislation that has been introduced or is pending. This event helps families learn more about how legislation works and will help equip your family to take action on bills that could affect your homeschooling rights.
Homeschool Day at the Capitol is a highlight for many homeschoolers.
It is a great learning experience for students and parents.
We hope you can join us this year and help make it our best year yet.
If you have any questions, please contact us at HSDATC@schea.net