COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 67
May 1, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Operation Spruce-Up

 
  Just a reminder that this Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m.,
  Governor Jim Gilmore will be joining Virginia's classrooms
  via the state's public television stations as part of the
  statewide environmental campaign, Operation Spruce-Up.  The
  Governor's lesson plan will be geared toward fourth graders
  and will explore the concepts of stewardship and will focus
  on the Governor's #1 stewardship priority, water quality in
  Virginia.

  The lesson will be illustrated with several videos and the
  Governor's two special guests are guaranteed to be a hit
  with the students.  Jay Gilliam, coordinator of the Virginia
  Save Our Streams program, will introduce his "creek
  critters" while talking about water quality.  Ed Clark with
  the Wildlife Center of Virginia will be talking about animal
  habitat.  He will be accompanied by Skyler, a mature
  American Bald Eagle.

  The broadcast will originate from the classroom studio at
  Varina High School in the Governor's home county.  All
  classes statewide are encouraged to tune in.  In addition,
  eight fourth-grade classes from across the Commonwealth will
  be connected to the Varina site via telephone and will be
  able to ask the Governor questions.  This marks the first
  time a Virginia Governor has participated in a statewide,
  interactive classroom experience.

  This promises to be a rewarding and entertaining educational
  experience.  We hope your classes will join the experience. 
  If additional information is needed, please contact Lan
  Neugent at 804-225-2757.

  PDS/fc