P. O. BOX 2120
October 23, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Month for Children

  The 1997 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia
  designating May officially "The Month for Children" in
  Virginia (Section 2.1-27.9.  Month for Children in
  Virginia. -- The Month of May is designated as the "Month
  for Children" in Virginia to focus on children's special
  contributions to family, school, and community; to
  counter the manifold ills that afflict children in the
  Commonwealth, the nation, and the world; and to encourage
  the citizens of Virginia to rededicate themselves and to
  redouble their efforts to improve the lives and ensure
  the futures of children everywhere. {1997, cc. 432,
  442.})  The purpose of this memorandum is to call
  attention to this designation, and to encourage special
  activities and media coverage that focus on the
  contributions made by our children and youth.

  To support this endeavor, The Children and Youth Task
  Force's mission is to:

          Provide a yearly forum to recognize and
          appreciate children and youth and their
          mentors for the good they do, and create an
          awareness throughout the State of the
          unheralded contributions they make to the
          communities in which they live and learn.

  On May 7, 1998, fifteen children and nine mentors were
  honored at the Second Annual May is the Month for Children
  Awards ceremony at the Science Museum of Virginia. The
  cost of this event was underwritten by the Capital One
  Leadership Grant Program.  All honorees received a
  certificate of acknowledgment issued by Governor Gilmore's

  In May 1999, plans are under way to honor up to sixteen
  children and youth and sixteen mentors in a special
  celebration at the Science Museum of Virginia in
  Richmond. It is a time for all Virginians to give long
  overdue recognition to our children and youth and their
  mentors. The exact details of date and time for our
  celebration will be made known as soon as plans are

  Enclosed is information suitable for posting and/or
  copying regarding student and mentor nominations.  Please
  note the February 12, 1999, deadline for nominations.

  Questions related to this effort should be directed to Ken
  Magill at (804) 225-2073 or Sydney Diggs, Task Force
  Director, at (804) 725-5319.


  Enclosures:    A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
                 will be sent to the superintendent's