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American Education Week Recognized in Marshall County

Photo by Jim Cochran Persons representing several agencies were present Thursday at John Marshall High School to sign a document proclaiming Nov. 18-22 as American Education Week in Marshall County. Pictured seat, from left, are Bill Helms, Woody Yoder, Ed Kuca, Shelby Haines and Kevin Cecil. Standing are: Josh Garey, Jan Pest, Lisa Zukoff, Terry McDiffitt, Scott Varner, David Goddard, Phil Remke, Christie Robison, Brenda Coffield, Mike Ferro, Duane Miller, John Miller, John Gruzinskas, Cassie Porter and Matt Mandarion.

County and state officials gathered at John Marshall High School on Thursday to sign a proclamation declaring the week of Nov. 18-22 as American Education Week with the theme: “Great Public Schools: A Base Right and Our Responsibility.”

AEW spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from Pre-K through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

The first American Education Week was observed from Dec. 4-10, 1921, with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion as the co-sponsors. The following year the United States Office of Education joined the weeklong celebration a a supporter. Since then more than a dozen sponsors, including the U.S. Department of American Education and the AFT have joined the founders to this annual event.

American Education Week is now recognized every year the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.

The text of the AEW proclamation reads as follows:

Whereas, public education is the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation;s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and

Whereas, by equipping young Americans with other practical skill and broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to a productive future; and

Whereas, public education employees, be they be educators, substitute, higher education faculty and staff, custodians, teachers, bus drivers, clerical workers, food service workers, security guards, technical employees, or librarians, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and

Whereas, public schools are the foundations of neighborhoods and communities, bringing together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common purpose.

Members of the Marshall County Board of Education, administrators of Marshall County Schools, administrators from John Marshall High Schools, along with others including the Marshall County commissioners, mayors of three Marshall County cities, county officials, a house of delegates member and the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers joined together for the ceremony.

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