By Senators McAuliffe, Kline, Kohl-Welles, King, Pridemore, McDermott, Fraser, Murray, Regala, Kilmer, Shin, Franklin, Hargrove, Eide, Marr, Kauffman, Brandland, Ranker, Fairley, and Hobbs

     WHEREAS, Civic education is the foundation for an educated citizenry and a representative democracy; and
     WHEREAS, In order to adequately prepare our state's youth for meaningful participation in our democratic institutions and processes, it is important to have strong educational resources aimed at teaching students and the public about the fragile nature of our Constitution; and
     WHEREAS, Civic education is part of the fabric of our country and for all students in our public schools; and
     WHEREAS, Civic education is a vital tool to promote greater understanding of the role of legislators in a representative democracy and the legislative process; and
     WHEREAS, Civic Education Day recognizes the value of civic education in Washington State; and
     WHEREAS, Civic Education Day establishes a forum for civic educators across the state to collaborate with legislators and other supporters; and
     WHEREAS, Many organizations such as the Legislative Youth Advisory Council, We the People Foundation, Washington Media Association, Washington State Council of Social Studies, 4-H, YMCA Youth & Government, Washington State Bar Association, Office of the Secretary of State, Service Learning of Washington, Washington State Historical Society, Legislative Scholars Program, and Project Citizen are dedicated to making civic education a priority for Washington state and its citizens; and
     WHEREAS, The contributions of committed teachers, principals, community leaders, parents, state employees, and volunteers contribute to the goals of these laudable organizations to create an engaged citizenry; and
     WHEREAS, February 2, 2009, is recognized as the Third Annual Washington State Senate Civic Education Day;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize the responsibility of civic educators across the state to serve and inform all Washingtonians and honor civic educators across the state; and
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Washington hereby honor, thank, and celebrate the civic educators of the state.

I, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8613,
adopted by the Senate
February 2, 2009

Secretary of the Senate