In 1978, President Jimmy Carter wrote, "Congress of the United States concluded its deliberations on a joint resolution which recognized the need for this Nation to set aside a special day devoted to recognizing the importance of education in the lives of our citizens.... I am honored to join with the House of Representatives and the Senate in recognizing this need and privileged to comply with their request."
Heed the call made annually by every U.S. President since, calling upon "all Americans to observe that day in such manner as reflects their commitment to education and their recognition of its importance to the welfare of this Nation." In one such proclamation, President George W. Bush explained, "On Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., we renew our commitment to providing quality education and to teaching our children the values that prepare them for lives as good neighbors and citizens."
This day is celebrated in honor of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902 - 1994), an activist awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his enduring contributions toward world education. It is proclaimed by the President of the United States on the day of his Hebrew birthday, which falls out on different days of the civil calendar each year.
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"An education that prepares a child for a lifetime is more than an accumulation of facts or single-minded preparation for a career. It is also a set of ideals and ethics that unites all Americans and allows us to work together for a just and honorable society." #billclinton #educationandsharingday