March 24, 2021: Education and Sharing Day

WHEREAS, a quality education is foundational for the continuing success of our state, our country, and our society at large, and, in Michigan, we strive for the betterment of all of our citizens through an increased focus on education and sharing; and,


WHEREAS, through the provision of an excellent education and the opportunity for rigorous study, we can create hope for a brighter, kinder, and more united and prosperous future; and,

WHEREAS, one of the leading global advocates for the advancement of education, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, of righteous memory, stressed the importance of moral and ethical education as the bedrock of humanity and the hallmark of a healthy society and strongly urged that education be reinforced by the inculcation of strong moral values; and,


WHEREAS, in recognition of the Rebbe's outstanding and lasting contributions toward improvements in world education, morality, and acts of charity, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, and the United States Congress has established his birthdate as a national day to raise awareness and strengthen the education of our children; and,


WHEREAS, for more than 40 years, the President of the United States has recognized and honored the Rebbe's vision each year on that day by proclaiming it "Education & Sharing Day USA;" and,


WHEREAS, we presently battle a global pandemic that has disrupted traditional models of education across our nation, and, while encouraging a focus on the stronger core values, we also wish to impart to children and adults beyond academic achievement; and,


WHEREAS, we can nurture the unity of diverse people by encouraging acts of goodness and kindness, imbued with awareness that even a single positive act by an individual can make a major impact;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2021, as Education and Sharing Day in Michigan.