What is Capitol Day?
Each year, Homeschool Oklahoma holds Capitol Day, when homeschooling families from all over Oklahoma travel to the state capitol to visit our legislators. These families share their appreciation for our legislators and their work to protect our freedoms, and they also may share concerns about any legislation that may infringe upon that freedom. The repairs that were going on in the Capitol building for the past few years are finished, and the results are beautiful. Learn more about that here, but come and see it in person! Register below!
- 9:00 am: Arrive at the State House and check-in
- Minutemen pick up packets and assignments
- Patriots pick up cookies and enjoy the day.
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Legislator Visits
- Homeschool choir performs
- Patriots deliver cookies to legislators
- 10:50 am: Rally on the 2nd-floor rotunda
- 11:30 am: Lunch on your own
- 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm: Performances
- Live Historians on the 2nd-floor rotunda
- 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Senate and House sessions
Why does HSOK host Capitol Day?
Over and over at events this summer, we have met people who are new to our state. They ask, “We just moved from California, and we homeschool and have for a while. Now that we are in Oklahoma, what do we need to do to inform the state that we are homeschooling?” They are relieved that they don’t need to do anything. The freedom available to Oklahoma’s home-educating families brought relief to her face. We continue to protect the future of homeschooling families in this state so that we see more delight in discovering our beautiful freedoms.
In the Great State of Oklahoma, homeschooling families are free to teach their children how they desire with no interference from the state. Our great state has fewer regulations concerning homeschooling than any other state, with the ability to educate our children “by other means” built right into the state constitution. Homeschool Oklahoma works to keep homeschooling as free from regulations as possible in our state. You can learn more about the Whys and Hows of Capitol Day in this podcast episode with Kevin Collins, who runs the Capitol Day Committee.
Come to Capitol Day 2023, which will be held on February 7. Please REGISTER BELOW and watch the HSOK Informer Newsletter and our social media for more information and announcements!
How Can You Help?
There are several different ways your family can participate in this important day. Would you please read below the various roles you could take and pray about which role would be most beneficial for your family? All three are meaningful and rewarding!
Be a Minutemen
The Minutemen will meet with our legislators. These home-educating moms, dads, and teenagers will visit the Capitol to thank them for their service and encourage them to leave the current laws that allow us to choose appropriate education for our children in place. They will also voice concerns about any legislation restricting our homeschooling freedom. Minutemen will be from families committed to parent-led and family-funded constitutional homeschools. Plan to attend an online training class to learn the ins and outs of talking to legislators and which bills raise concerns. Once you sign up below, you’ll receive a Zoom link for the class.
Be a Patriot
These families will visit their legislators to say “thank you.” If you don’t know who your legislators are, this is the perfect opportunity to meet them and put homeschooling faces in front of them! Please sign up as a Patriot if you and your children are willing to meet and deliver cards and cookies to your senators and representatives, thanking them for their service to our state. We want to ensure that every Oklahoma State Senator and Representative receives a “thank you” from a homeschooling family, so please register as a Patriot below.
Be a Prayer Warrior
We created a prayer guide covering the two weeks before Capitol Day and the two weeks after. We need everyone to be a prayer warrior, so please take this opportunity to lift Oklahoma’s home educators, our right to parent as we see fit, our legislators, and our state in prayer. Visit the Prayer Guide for those twenty-eight days and pray specifically for each day’s suggestion. These topics will also pop up on our social media on the appropriate day.
Be a Cookie Baker
During Capitol Day, the families that sign up to be Patriots will visit state legislators and tell them, “thank you for working so hard to protect homeschooling freedom in Oklahoma.” To show their gratitude, these families will give legislators a box of homemade cookies made by a homeschooling family. If you would like to bake some of those cookies, just sign up below. Also, to get your students involved, have them make a thank-you card. Soon, we will have drop-off locations around the state listed here.
Support Capitol Day Financially
Capitol Day has costs associated with it. Can you help to cover those expenses? Once you select Add to Cart, you’ll be able to choose to give $5 one time … or ten times… or fifty times. Just set the Quantity to your desired amount. If you’d like to donate to our general fund, you can do that too. Donate to the General Fund Today!
Capitol Day Donation$5.00