Homeschoolers spent a day at the Capitol learning how our state government works. The day started at the Library of Virginia, where they picked up tour tickets and began the day with some special presentations. Secretary of Natural Resources and homeschool father Doug Domenech warmly greeted homeschoolers on behalf of Governor McDonnell and read the homeschool proclamation signed by the governor. He also described his job and responsibilities in the governor’s cabinet. Families met HEAV’s lobbyist Bob Shanks, learned about TeenPact, and heard a former homeschooler—now a legislative assistant for Senator Steve Martin—describe her job working for the senator.

The day included an interactive chamber presentation called Capitol Classroom and Capitol and Supreme Court tours. The afternoon included trips to the American Civil War Center at historic Tredegar and the National Park Service, where families learned about the significance of Richmond during the Civil War.