^Career and Technical Education Month (3)^|^Career and Technical Education Month^|2018-02-01 04:40:22:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, economic and technological changes in our society are rapidly reflected in the structure and nature of today&rsquo;s workplace, thereby placing new and additional responsibilities on our educational system; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, career and technical education provides students with a career pathway for postsecondary education and workplace readiness; serves as the foundation of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry; and contributes to Virginia&rsquo;s leadership in the international marketplace; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, career and technical education gives citizens experience in practical, meaningful applications of basic skills, including reading, writing, and mathematics; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, career and technical education offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills that provide them with more career choices, expanded earning potential, and greater job satisfaction; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the cooperative and ever-increasing efforts between career and technical educators, administrators, and representatives of business and industry stimulate the growth and vitality of our Commonwealth&rsquo;s economy by preparing citizens for careers in high-demand, high-wage, and highly technologically-skilled areas in a global economy; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, this year&rsquo;s theme, <em>Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!</em>, demonstrates the crucial role that career and technical education plays in readying our students for successful careers;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 2018 as <strong>CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA</strong>, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week (1)^|^Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week^|2018-01-22 04:42:09:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals make a significant difference for students and staff every day, impacting the effectiveness of teachers and the achievement of students; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals serve as educational leaders who motivate and inspire all members of the school staff and student body to engage in the learning process; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals are entrusted with the opportunity and the responsibility of guiding, directing, nurturing, mentoring, and imparting knowledge to our children while they are at school; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals work with teachers and staff to set academic standards and push students to excel; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals must work collaboratively with parents and the community-at-large to proactively prepare students to be self-reliant and productive citizens; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth of Virginia to continue to support and recognize the efforts of school principals who are positively impacting students, who are the future of Virginia; and</span></p> <p><span> <strong>WHEREAS</strong>, Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week is an opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of Virginia school principals in promoting quality education for every child;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 22-26, 2018, as <strong>VIRGINIA SCHOOL PRINCIPALS APPRECIATION WEEK </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (1)^|^Martin Luther King, Jr., Day^|2018-01-15 04:40:35:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, on January 15, 1929, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. &ndash; the transformational leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, and one of the most influential orators for peace, equality, and human rights in world history &ndash; was born in Atlanta, Georgia; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, throughout his life, Dr. King's transcendent words and actions inspired a shared vision of a future promised land in which people &ldquo;transformed the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood"; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>; this beautiful symphony of brotherhood envisioned a society where individuals were not judged &ldquo;by the color of their skin but by the content of their character&rdquo;; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Dr. King sacrificed his life to spread a message of universal equality and justice that touched the soul of our nation, and for his efforts to end racial segregation and discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means &ndash; such as his heroic leadership in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the 1963 March on Washington &ndash; he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1964; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><strong><span>,</span></strong><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>Dr. King&rsquo;s words continue to resonate with the world today by reminding us of the imperative to continue the fight for justice and equality no matter the opposition, because &ldquo;the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy&rdquo;; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, people throughout the world continue to be inspired by Dr. King's vision and words, his strength of character and compassion, and his model for peaceful demonstration and dialogue; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Dr. King&rsquo;s goal of a just and united society and his efforts in the struggle for civil human rights have continued since his tragic assassination in 1968, and will go on until his dream of freedom, equality and justice for all is fully realized in the hearts, minds, and souls of the people of our Commonwealth, these United States, and the world;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 15, 2017, as <strong>MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., DAY </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^