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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
WhereasThe Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the importance of our parents, teachers and mentors educating teens about the dangers of underage drinking and alcohol abuse; and
Whereas High school students who use alcohol or other substances are five times more likely to drop out of school; and
Whereas Teen alcohol use kills about 5,000 people each year, more than all other illegal drugs combined; and
Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes that community organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving play a crucial role in training adults and teaching our youth how to have constructive dialogues on the dangers of teenage alcohol abuse,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 21, 2013, to be,
TEEN ALCOHOL PREVENTION DAY
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 tenth day of April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth