[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 18451-18454]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-07168]



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Vol. 78

Tuesday,

No. 58

March 26, 2013

Part IV





The President





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Proclamation 8941--Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2013


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Federal Register / Vol. 78 , No. 58 / Tuesday, March 26, 2013 / 
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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8941 of March 21, 2013

                
Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2013

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                In a letter to his nephew, Thomas Jefferson once wrote, 
                ``an honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing 
                head is the second.'' It is a notion that rings as true 
                today as it did in 1785: that just as we owe our 
                children a strong start in the classroom, so must we 
                pass on the common values that help define us as a 
                people. On Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., we 
                celebrate hard work, service, and commitment to 
                learning as cornerstones of a bright future for our 
                youth.

                We know education is essential to putting our children 
                on the path to good jobs and a decent living. It is a 
                simple fact that to out-compete the rest of the world 
                for tomorrow's jobs, we need to equip our sons and 
                daughters with the education and skills a 21st-century 
                economy demands. We need to give them every chance to 
                work harder, learn more, and reach higher, from cradle 
                to career.

                We also know that learning does not stop when students 
                leave the classroom. Whether at the dinner table or on 
                the field, it is our task as parents, teachers, and 
                mentors to make sure our children grow up practicing 
                the values we preach. We have an obligation to instill 
                in them the virtues that define our national character 
                -- honesty and independence, drive and discipline, 
                courage and compassion. And as citizens of a country 
                where so much progress came only after we fought for 
                fairness and equality, we must remember the wisdom of 
                the Golden Rule by treating others as we would want to 
                be treated.

                This day recalls the memory of Rabbi Menachem Mendel 
                Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who taught 
                generations of young men and women the importance of 
                education and good character. His work strengthened 
                ties between people around the world, and his legacy 
                continues to inspire the service, charity, and goodwill 
                he championed in life. As we reflect on the example he 
                and so many others have set, let each of us strive to 
                better realize the values we share.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim March 22, 2013, as 
                Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A. I call upon all 
                Americans to observe this day with appropriate 
                ceremonies and activities.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                seventh. 
                
                
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