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, The Adventure in Your Community, focuses on the geographic resources available in the Commonwealth and will help bring a better understanding of geography to classrooms in the state; 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 13th –  19st, 2011, 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 twenty-fifth day of October, 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