SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 212
November 19, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Month for Children|
The 1997 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to officially designate May as "The Month for Children" in the commonwealth (Section 2.1-27.9). The purpose of the legislative action is to focus on children's special contributions to family, school, and community; to deal with problems that affect children in the commonwealth, the nation, and the world; and to encourage the citizens of Virginia to rededicate themselves and to increase their efforts to improve the lives and ensure the futures of children everywhere). This memorandum calls attention to this designation and encourages 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 was established 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 6, 1999, 10 children and 13 mentors were honored at the Third 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 office. In May 2000, plans are under way to honor up to 16 children and youth and 16 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 date, time, and other details of the celebration will be announced as soon as plans are finalized. Enclosed is information suitable for posting and/or copying regarding student and mentor nominations. Please note the February 11, 2000, 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. PDS/jd Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.