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November 15-19, 2021: American Education Week

WHEREAS, first celebrated in 1921, American Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate public education, inform the community of the accomplishments and needs of public schools, secure cooperation and support from the public, and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education; and,


WHEREAS, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation's precious values of freedom, civility, and equality; and,


WHEREAS, by equipping young Americans with both practical skills and broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for and access to a productive future; and,


WHEREAS, education employees, whether they are custodians, teachers, bus drivers, administrators, librarians, or other education professionals, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and,


WHEREAS, schools are community linchpins, bringing together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders, and elected officials in a common enterprise;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 15-19, 2021, as American Education Week in Michigan.