Superintendent's Memo #298-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 10, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Commemoration of George Washington’s Birthday

In recognition of the contributions of George Washington to the formation of our nation and constitution, the 2007 Virginia 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

George Washington, the "Father of His Country," was born on February 22, 1732. Since 1971, his birthday has been incorporated into President's Day that is celebrated nationally on the third Monday in February. Please see:

If you need additional information about George WashingtonandGeorge Washington's birthday, please contact Beverly Thurston, history and social sciences coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.