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WHEREAS, strong and effective public schools are essential to the economic prosperity of Virginia, and ensure that we continue to make social, technological, and scientific advancements; and
WHEREAS, qualified, dedicated teachers are critical to the success of our students and are fundamental to the strength of our Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s teachers are entrusted with helping our students reach their full academic potential and exhibit an unwavering devotion to student success; and
WHEREAS, teachers are essential to empowering families and communities to support our children and their potential to achieve; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Lottery, the source of nearly $8 billion for public schools since 1999, is partnering with the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia PTA for the third annual “Thank a Teacher” campaign to encourage Virginians to send thank you notes to teachers across the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity for Virginians to join with the teachers around the country on the critical role our teachers play in shaping our children and the future of the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 7-11, 2018, as TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.