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

Whereas The study of geography helps students recognize the connection between the environment and people by tying together diverse sciences like geology, biology, and climatology with economics, history and politics; and

Whereas Geographic literacy is an essential part of a 21st century education; and

Whereas This year's theme, Asia, focuses on the natural, cultural and historic treasurers of this continent and will help bring a better understanding of geography to classrooms throughout the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Throughout the week, teachers, students and communities across the Bay State will gain knowledge about cultures of the world, environments and contemporary issues,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 17th - 21st, 2008, to be

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS 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 thirty-first day of October, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-second.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts