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 The critical spatial thinking skills taught in geography classes enhance the ability of our workforce to compete effectively for jobs in mapping, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems and environmental planning; 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 – 23rd, 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 twenty-second 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