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

Whereas Illiteracy is one of the greatest problems facing the Commonwealth and our nation; and

Whereas Sadly, children between the ages 9 and 14 spend a staggering 20 percent of their waking hours watching television, compared to a mere one percent of that time reading a book, while conversely, students who dedicate more time to actively discussing their studies display higher reading proficiencies; and   

Whereas Reading is Fundamental, a national non-profit founded in 1996, has been fighting illiteracy through its campaign providing children access to books through schools, libraries, community centers and hospitals, motivating children to read; and

Whereas A network of volunteers in sixty-four programs in 350 locations throughout Massachusetts serve more than 125,600 children, distributing more than 413,468 books each year, encouraging reading and developing important skills to improve each child’s learning ability; and  

Whereas New Age Role Models and Friends have been instrumental in their dedicated efforts to raise money for Reading is Fundamental in Massachusetts.  Now in its 22nd year, we dedicate this week to Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Chris Byron; and

Whereas Each November, sports figures, community leaders, politicians, parents and celebrities participate in a Reading Aloud Program called A Salute to Reading is Fundamental Week in Massachusetts,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 15th –19th, 2011, to be

A Salute to Reading is Fundamental 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 fourteenth day of November, in the year two thousand and eleven, 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