Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas All individuals gain a broadened international perspective through the study of other cultures and their languages; and

Whereas Learning to communicate in another language is vital to participating in our global economy; and

Whereas Studying other languages has been shown to contribute to increased cognitive skills, better academic performance, while also providing life-long learning opportunities for people beyond school age; and

Whereas To mark the 55th anniversary of the first declaration of “Foreign Languages Week,” the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association is celebrating Foreign Language Week with the theme “You’re Connected… Now Communicate”,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 5th – 11th, 2012, to be,

Foreign Languages Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of January, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth         

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth


God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts