COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 199

October 1, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

United Nations Day: October 24, 2004

 

I am pleased to bring to your attention Governor Mark R. Warners recognition of October 24, 2004, as United Nations Day in Virginia. Each year the United Nations selects a theme that focuses on a millennium goal. The United Nations theme for 2004 is Womens Rights and Empowerment. I encourage all educators to assume the responsibility for ensuring that Virginias young people recognize the importance of this crucial goal.

 

The increased interdependency of nations and people requires that our K-12 instructional program reinforce and augment many of the founding principles of the United Nations. To assist with classroom activities, the Virginia Commissioners of United Nations Day and the Virginia Department of Education are sending each school in Virginia a poster, which announces United Nations Day and highlights the mission of the organization. The scheduled mailing to each school is October 12, 2004. This poster, measuring 17 by 22, provides the information needed to discuss the history, role, and accomplishments of the United Nations.

 

Please join with me to recognize the principal mandates of the United Nations and to commemorate this day in your classroom. For more information, please contact the Virginia Commissioners of United Nations Day: Pattie Cook at InAnyEvent@aol.com or (804) 784-5773; or Eugenia

 

 

 

 

Anderson-Ellis at Anderellis@aol.com or (804) 643-3915; or Beverly Thurston bthursto@pen.k12.va.us, coordinator of history and social sciences, Office of Middle Instructional Services at (804) 225-2893.

 

JLD/yba