Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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,
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-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