Virginia Classics Week


WHEREAS, the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) was founded in 1936 to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome; and

WHEREAS, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are over 75 Chapters, known as the Virginia Junior Classical League (VJCL), comprised of several thousands of middle and high school Latin, Greek, and Classics pupils; and

WHEREAS, VJCL is a longtime affiliate of the American Classical League—founded in 1919 for the purpose of fostering the study of classical languages in the United States and Canada; and

WHEREAS, VJCL is tangibly involved in the educational needs of its student members and the Commonwealth at large and is committed to a better future for its students and the community, through active participation in service and outreach projects; and

WHEREAS, VJCL’s members believe that the Classics continue to hold a vital and significant place in today’s culture; and the VJCL, comprising students and teachers, believes that continued emphasis  on the study of the Classics is essential if appreciation of the Classics in language, arts, and Western culture is to remain strong and viable; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Classics Week is held in commemoration of the anniversary of the founding of ancient Rome; and

WHEREAS, Virginia recognizes the relevance of Classical culture upon its own unique history, the wide interest that countless Virginia citizens hold for the Classics, and the advantages that a study of the Classical world offers to all students;         

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 20-26, 2014, as VIRGINIA CLASSICS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.