Superintendent's Memo #275-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 2, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Geography Awareness Week: November 15-21, 2009

We would like to call your attention to the celebration of Geography Awareness Week. This year it will be held the week of November 15-21, 2009. Every year since 1987, when legislation was signed establishing the third week in November as Geography Awareness Week, the National Geographic Society has promoted the importance of geography to the public and to schools throughout the United States and in Canada. Each year a different theme is highlighted and approximately one-and-a-half million people participate in related activities.

Information about Geography Awareness Week is found in Geography Action!, National Geographic's annual conservation and awareness program. In fall 2009, Geography Action! will continue its journey around the world, with a focus on Europe. Discover the diversity of the countries in Europe through interactive lesson plans for all grade levels as well as other resources at:

For further information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social sciences and international education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at or by phone at (804) 225-2893.