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For Immediate Release: November 13, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Governor Rounds proclaims Nov. 15-21 as Education Week

Gov. Mike Rounds has proclaimed Nov. 15-21, 2009, American Education Week in South Dakota.

“We know that education is the key to success in today’s world,” the Governor said. “During American Education Week, we celebrate the extremely important role that South Dakota’s public schools play in helping our young people learn, progress and become contributing members of society.”

Schools across South Dakota, as well as across the nation, will participate in American Education Week with special programs, projects, contests and assemblies.

The first American Education Week was held in 1921 as a way to generate public support for education. The idea was conceived by representatives of the National Education Association and American Legion, who were distressed because 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate. Over the years, the list of sponsors has grown to include most of the nation’s education-related agencies and associations.

American Education Week, now in its 88th year, is traditionally observed during the last full week before Thanksgiving.