COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
October 2, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
In recognition of the contributions of George Washington to the formation of our nation and constitution, the 2007 General Assembly passed House Bill 2837. The bill asks that the Virginia Department of Education make available to local school divisions information regarding the commemoration of George Washington's birthday on or around February 22 in the public schools. The text of House Bill 2837 may be found at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+CHAP0132.
George Washington, the "Father of His Country," was born on February 22, 1732. Since 1971, his birthday has been incorporated into President's Day, celebrated nationally on the third Monday in February. Please see:
If you need additional information about George Washington and George Washington's birthday, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history, social sciences, and international education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.