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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature


00 Enrolled SCR 15                                                                                                         
01 Proclaiming April 16, 2019, as Alaska Education and Sharing Day.                                                        
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03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
04      WHEREAS excellence in education is vital to the success of our nation, our state, and                              
05 our communities; and                                                                                                    
06      WHEREAS, in the great state of Alaska, we seek the betterment of our citizens and                                  
07 look to provide each child and adolescent with a good education; and                                                    
08      WHEREAS education develops the intellect and prepares students for the                                             
09 responsibilities and opportunities of the future through lessons in literacy, math, and science;                        
10 and                                                                                                                     
11      WHEREAS the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a global spiritual leader who                                        
12 dedicated his life to the betterment of mankind, provided a shining example of what education                           
13 ought to be for all people; and                                                                                         
14      WHEREAS the Rebbe was a tireless advocate for youth, emphasizing the importance                                    
15 of education and good character and instilling hope for a brighter future in countless people                           
16 around the world; and                                                                                                   
17      WHEREAS the Rebbe taught that education, in general, should not be limited to the                                  
01 acquisition of knowledge and preparation for a career, nor should its sole focus be on making                           
02 a better living; and                                                                                                    
03      WHEREAS the educational system must also focus on building character by                                            
04 emphasizing the cultivation of universal moral and ethical values that have been the bedrock                            
05 of society from the dawn of civilization, including the values known as the Seven Noahide                               
06 Laws, which have often been cited as a guarantee of fundamental human rights; and                                       
07      WHEREAS the Rebbe taught that people must think in terms of creating better lives                                  
08 for all members of society and that focusing on the development of character, as well as                                
09 strong moral and ethical values, would further that goal; and                                                           
10      WHEREAS, in recognition of the Rebbe's outstanding and lasting contributions to                                    
11 global education and focus on morality and acts of charity, the Rebbe has been awarded the                              
12 Congressional Gold Medal, and the United States Congress has established his birthday as a                              
13 national day to raise awareness of the importance of strengthening the educational system for                           
14 our children; and                                                                                                       
15      WHEREAS, every year since 1978, on the Rebbe's birthday, the President of the                                      
16 United States, regardless of political affiliation, has paid recognition to the Rebbe's vision by                       
17 proclaiming the day "Education and Sharing Day, USA"; and                                                               
18      WHEREAS we strengthen the character of our youth by encouraging them to serve a                                    
19 cause greater than themselves and by fostering values such as courage and compassion; and                               
20      WHEREAS, by instilling a spirit of service in our children, we create a more                                       
21 optimistic future for our children and the state;                                                                       
22      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims April 16, 2019, to be                                   
23 Alaska Education and Sharing Day.                                                                                       
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