ADOPTED RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING NOVEMBER 16-22, 1997, AS AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK IN ALABAMA
WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education and 11 national organizations are co-sponsors of American Education Week; and
WHEREAS, the 1997 theme for American Education Week is “Teaching Children to Think and Dream,” which reinforces the responsibility of educators to help all children reach their potential; and
WHEREAS, the goal of American Education Week, since its establishment in 1921, has been to increase public understanding and appreciation of the nation’s schools; to encourage parents and non-parents to visit schools; and to build civic and community pride and support for education; and
WHEREAS, American public education serves as the foundation for a democratic society and has been recognized as a fundamental public good for more than a century; and
WHEREAS, public schools play a vital role in teaching students to think and dream, and show students the ways to fulfill their dreams; and
WHEREAS, American Education Week is an excellent opportunity for Alabamians to renew and expand their support for public education:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the members of the Alabama State Board of Education do hereby proclaim November 16-22, 1997, as American Education Week in Alabama and encourage local boards of education to participate in this celebration through activities that involve the entire community, increasing public awareness about our schools and demonstrating to the public the importance of public education.