COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 154

November 1, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Month for Children

 

As you may recall, the 1999 General Assembly passed legislation designating May as the Month for Children in Virginia. The legislation was designed to focus on childrens special contributions to families, schools, and communities; to call attention to problems affecting children in the commonwealth, the nation, and the world; and to encourage Virginias citizens to help to improve the lives of children everywhere.

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to call attention to the Month for Children in May 2003 and the related awards program and to encourage planning for special activities recognizing the contributions of children and youth. To support this initiative, the Children and Youth Task Force was established to provide a yearly forum to recognize and appreciate children and youth and their mentors and their contributions to their communities.

 

Up to 16 children and youth and 16 mentorstwo children and two mentors from each of the superintendents regionswill be honored, based on nominations by citizens in their communities. Each individual will receive a certificate signed by the Governor and a special gift during an awards ceremony in May at Hermitage High School in Henrico County.

 

Enclosed is information prepared by the Children and Youth Task Force regarding student and mentor nominations. Please note the February 7, 2002, deadline for nominations. A separate mailing from the task force is being sent to all principals.

 

Questions regarding May the Month for Children or the 2003 May the Month for Children Awards should be directed to Melida McKee, task force director, at 540-853-1269 or Cheryl Gardner, fine arts specialist, Virginia Department of Education, at 804-225-2881.

 

JLD/jd

 

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