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


Whereas Parents are their children’s earliest and most continuous teachers, and play a critical role in their children’s school success from birth through career and college readiness; and

Whereas Along with schools and local communities, parents are critical to the success of education reform and responsible for the future of education in the Bay State; and

Whereas Families benefit from learning together and being involved in literacy and educational activities at home, school, and in the community; and

Whereas Communities, libraries, and schools provide family engagement opportunities that support children’s language and literacy development; and

Whereas The Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium brings state agencies and family serving organizations together to support community efforts that promote early literacy and reading proficiency by the end of third grade to give children a foundation for success in school; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a tradition of commitment to universal literacy and family literacy,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 2013, to be,


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 eighth day of October, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts