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WHEREAS, a quality education is one of the significant foundations for the continuing success of our Commonwealth, country, and society at large; and
WHEREAS, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we strive for the betterment of all our residents through an increased focus on education and sharing; and
WHEREAS, by providing everyone, especially children, the opportunity for an excellent education, we can create a brighter, kinder, more united and prosperous future; and
WHEREAS, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, one of the leading global advocates for the advancement of education, stressed the importance of moral and ethical education as the bedrock of humanity and the hallmark of a healthy society and strongly urged that education should be reinforced by the inculcation of strong moral values; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of his outstanding and lasting contributions toward improvements in world education, morality, and acts of charity, the Rebbe was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal; and
WHEREAS, the United States Congress has established his birthdate as a national day to raise awareness and strengthen the education of our children; and
WHEREAS, for more than forty years, the President of the United States has recognized “Education and Sharing Day” to honor the Rebbe’s vision; and
WHEREAS, while we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted traditional models of education across our nation, we are also motivating a focus on other core values we wish to impart to children and adults, beyond academic achievement; and
WHEREAS, we can nurture the unity of diverse peoples through encouraging increased acts of goodness and kindness, imbued with awareness that even a single positive act of an individual can make a major impact in this world;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 24, 2021, as EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.