Introduced Version House Resolution 6 History

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(By Delegates M. Poling and Paxton)

[Introduced February 12, 2009]

Recognizing the West Virginia Civics Literacy Council and Civic Literacy Day.

Whereas, Thursday, February 12, 2009, is the 200th Birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who is responsible for the creation of the state of West Virginia and should be a day for all West Virginians to reflect on their responsibilities as citizens of this great State; and
Whereas, The House of Delegates urged the creation of the West Virginia Literacy Council with the passage of House Resolution 33 on March 8, 2007,
to promote civic education and citizenship among West Virginia's youth and young adults; and
Whereas, Governor Joe Manchin, III has encouraged all West Virginians to "join in honoring the visionary efforts of our ancestors, and in this spirit of patriotism rededicate ourselves to the great ideals that motivated our Nation's founding fathers"; and

Whereas, The Council works to advance civic knowledge about the Constitution of the United States and our nation's history, encourages civic participation in voting, serving on juries and other duties of citizenship, and promotes the learning and practice of leadership skills required to build stronger communities through effective governance, service and volunteerism; and
Whereas, The members of the West Virginia Civics Literacy Council, the West Virginia League of Women Voters, the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia School Superintendents Association, the West Virginia Education Association, the West Virginia Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Professional Educators Association, the West Virginia Campus Compact, the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, the West Virginia Library Commission, the Hi-Y Leadership Center, the West Virginia Center for Civic Life, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia Bar Foundation, the West Virginia Board of Education, the West Virginia School Board Association are all assessing the status of civics education in West Virginia, compiling an inventory of civic engagement opportunities, and supporting the implementation of civic literacy as part of the 21st century skills initiative; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby recognizes the importance of the West Virginia Civics Literacy Council and Civic Literacy Day; and, be it
Further Resolved, That civic literacy is the responsibility of everyone in our communities as democracy is reborn in each new generation and that nurturing a new generation of citizens is one of the central missions of public education and state government; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates encourages the West Virginia Civics Literacy Council to continue and increase its efforts to expand civic literacy programs and activities within the state's public school system and to work with interested individuals and groups in enhancing civic education and understanding for all West Virginia citizens; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a certified copy of this resolution for the West Virginia Civics Literacy Council.
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