By Senators Fain, Angel, Bailey, Baumgartner, Becker, Billig, Braun, Brown, Carlyle, Chase, Cleveland, Conway, Darneille, Ericksen, Fortunato, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hawkins, Hobbs, Honeyford, Hunt, Keiser, King, Kuderer, Liias, McCoy, Miloscia, Mullet, Nelson, O'Ban, Padden, Palumbo, Pearson, Pedersen, Ranker, Rivers, Rolfes, Rossi, Saldaña, Schoesler, Sheldon, Short, Takko, Van De Wege, Walsh, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson, and Zeiger
WHEREAS, Children hold a special place in our lives. Raising happy, healthy children is the greatest success any parent can hope to achieve and should be an important goal of every member of society because children are profoundly influenced by the people and the environment around them; and
WHEREAS, The Senate recognizes that children represent the future of Washington State and it is important that we take action to ensure that they are provided a positive start to life; and 
WHEREAS, Children's Day focuses on inspiring parents to take positive action and to serve as role models for society, and encourages individuals to consider how their actions affect future generations; and
WHEREAS, The Senate recognizes that the strongest influence on a child is often family, but great schools and nurturing communities also play a vital role in helping children reach their full potential; and 
WHEREAS, In Washington, we place the utmost value on the safety and welfare of our children, and we strongly support programs designed to advocate for their best interests; and
WHEREAS, Children's Day provides an opportunity to remember that every child, without exception, deserves a chance to succeed; and  
WHEREAS, Family is something we all value; and
WHEREAS, We in the Legislature are here to serve all families in Washington State;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate celebrate the children of the State of Washington and encourage all of its citizens to celebrate children on this day and throughout the year by nurturing them with love, attention, and encouragement in order to keep our communities strong.
I, Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8620,
adopted by the Senate
February 20, 2017
Secretary of the Senate