Thursday, May 05, 2011

It made a monkey out of me


Today in 1925 John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.

As has been pointed out in previous posts, it was a setup deal where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wanted a test trial of the Butler Act (to teach any theory that denies the story of the divine creation of man as taught in the bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals) and John Scopes vounteered to teach evolution so there would be a trial.

The real questions however were; who ultimately has the right to determine what is and what is not permitted to be taught? How often has "science" changed it's "facts" from one year to the next to support the most recent fad theory? Can the United States claim to be a pluralistic society in which the rights of minorities are protected and ignore the rights of the majority?

Happy Cinco De Mayo Delmar!

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Do cinco things to make Delmar A better place in May!



1. Vote!!
School Board elections have the poorest turnout of voters even in a town where voting apathy runs high. Reverse the trend and show you care about Delmar Kids and vote your choice of School Board Candidates this May 10th.

2. Cut Down On Crime - Report Suspicious people roaming Your Neighborhood!!
You can be a true lifesaver to your family and the town. Let the police know of suspicious looking people roaming your neighborhood.

3. Donate blood!!!
You can help to save up to 3 lives with each blood donation.

4. Clean Up Your Property!!
Make Delmar appear to be inhabited by responsible people. Clean Up your Property, including the gutters in the street.

5. Get Involved!!
There are a number of organizations who could use volunteers. Help them.

National Day Of Prayer

Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer
Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity.

Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our Nation's leaders. President Abraham Lincoln once said, "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day." The late Coretta Scott King recounted a particularly difficult night, during the Montgomery bus boycott, when her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a threatening phone call and prayed at the kitchen table, saying, "Lord, I have nothing left. I have nothing left. I have come to the point where I can't face it alone." Dr. King said, in that moment of prayer, he was filled with a sense of comfort and resolve, which his wife credited as a turning point in the civil rights movement.

It is thus fitting that, from the earliest years of our country's history, Congress and Presidents have set aside days to recognize the role prayer has played in so many definitive moments in our history. On this National Day of Prayer, let us follow the example of President Lincoln and Dr. King. Let us be thankful for the liberty that allows people of all faiths to worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience, and let us be thankful for the many other freedoms and blessings that we often take for granted.

Let us pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces and the many selfless sacrifices they and their families make on behalf of our Nation. Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who put themselves in harm's way every day to protect their fellow citizens. And let us ask God for the sustenance and guidance for all of us to meet the great challenges we face as a Nation.

Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those who have been affected by natural disasters at home and abroad in recent months, as well as those working tirelessly to render assistance. And, at a time when many around the world face uncertainty and unrest, but also hold resurgent hope for freedom and justice, let our prayers be with men and women everywhere who seek peace, human dignity, and the same rights we treasure here in America.

The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2011, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith or conscience directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I ask all people of faith to join me in asking God for guidance, mercy, and protection for our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Once Again A Delmar Teacher Is Charged With A Sex Offense

Well the news this morning is that Richard Fulton, Delmar High School civics and geography teacher, has been charged with child abuse, third-degree sex offense and unnatural or perverted practice charges. This supposedly happened between September 1986 and November 1994

Indian Land Sold - 1768

Today May 4th, in 1768 The Colony of Maryland sold 3,000 acres of land in Laurel that had been dedicated as a Nanticoke Indian reservation to local buyers after the Indians had left the area. Parts of western Sussex County were still in dispute between Delaware and Maryland.

Picked up from This Day in Delaware History

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Drinking, Driving, and Sleeping

I saw in the Daily Times there was a small article about a Ralphell Jamison being found allegedly asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running at 3 in the morning. He failed a sobriety check and was charged with driving under the influence.

Now I assume the vehicle was parked and if the engine was running I have no problem with him being given a ticket as obviously he was planning to drive (too warm to say he needed the heater on). However I have known people who had been drinking and simply slept in their car (engine not running and parked) in order to sober up before driving and they were given a ticket for being under the influence. If they don't have the keys in ignition there is no reason to think they are a hazard to anyone and it is just an outcome of too many laws being passed and the police being shits about it.

DNREC Press Release

Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council to hold public hearing on May 18

DOVER, Del. (April 29, 2011) – The Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council will hold a public hearing on the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, Room 220, 555 South Bay Road in Dover.

The agenda includes:

Overview of the 2011 Project Priority List and Intended Use Plan for municipal wastewater and green project reserve project requests

Clean Water Advisory Council comments

Public comments

The public record will remain open until June 18, 2011.

For more information regarding the public hearing and the Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council, please contact Jessica Velazquez, Jessica.Velazquez@state.de.us or 302-739-9941.

The Economy

The easiest way to tell how the economy is going is to ride past the Harvest Ministries on North Bi-State in the morning. Again, this morning, there is a long line in front of the building of people needing assistance. You also see them walking to and from Harvest Ministries instead of driving a vehicle which indicates their car has been repossessed, broke down and couldn't afford to fix it, or sold for food or drugs.

Interview Question For Delmar Board Of Education Candidates - Farrah Morelli

1. Please provide a brief summary of your background and your reasons for running.

My husband, Joe and I moved to Delmar, DE 6 years ago with our family. I grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania, and attended a small town school district very similar to Delmar.

I have always been interested in education. I attended Penn State University for Secondary Education where I spent numerous hours in schools while taking college courses pertaining to education.

Now, as a mother with six children of my own, my interest has intensified. Because I have four children in different grades, I have had broad range of experiences with the Delmar schools. Those experiences have given me a clear perspective of what is important to parents and students and I want to ensure that all of the children receive a quality education at Delmar.


2. What unique experiences or characteristics would you bring to the board that other members or candidates don't have?

I have 6 children, 5 of whom will be attending the schools this fall with the 6th child starting school in 2012. My children are active in various school activities, and I am aware of what is affecting the children & parents.

I am dedicated to solving problems within our school. I have attended 100% of the Parent Advisory Board meetings this year. I have worked with the administration to make the 5th grade transition easier. When problems arose, I calmly communicated my concerns to the school administration and offered solutions.

I also believe that the school district should be fiscally responsible. As a large family, we needed to learn how to spend money wisely. As a result, I developed a successful approach to budgeting and personal finance. People began to seek my advice, and I started teaching finance, budgeting, and couponing classes in our community.


3. If elected do you have a top priority?

My top priority is to maintain high quality education in the face of economic adversity. I would like to save our taxpayers as much money as possible without sacrificing our children’s education. In this light, I intend to thoroughly research each proposal before making a decision.

4. What is your vision for education in this community?

I think it is important that the students receive a well-rounded education. My vision would be to ensure that students have access to high quality academic, arts, and athletic programs.

5. There is a lack of public attendance at the Board of Education meeting, however many people look at the school website for information on what is happening at the meetings. The website is notorious for parts of it not working or not being currently. How would you deal with communicating board policy and matters to the public?

I believe that the Board of Education should have a comprehensive website that gives the public easy access to financial records, meeting agendas, school board minutes, and upcoming legislation that will affect our district. It needs to be updated on a regular basis and tested with each update to ensure it’s working correctly.

6. In dealing with the school district's operational budget, which areas would you explore for cost savings or expansion? Which, if any, areas should be protected from budget cuts?

I believe all areas of the budget should be explored for potential savings.

I would explore areas such as landscaping & facility maintenance costs & see if it were possible to work with some of the students in these areas (in exchange for elective credits or community service hours). I would look into grants for textbooks & necessary educational supplies. I would look at using technology to communicate the needs of the district to the community, with the hope that some of these needs would be met by our multi-talented parents, students, administration, and other community members.


7. OMITTED Howard's Comment; I told Mrs Morelli she did not have to answer this question as the school had corrected the problem with the check registers postings.

8. The School district is looking for land to build a new school in the future. At present one spot mentioned is out by Susan Beach Road, west of town, what is your thoughts on piece of land and/or a new school?

While I do believe that is an opportune time to be purchasing property due to the downturn in the real estate market, I do not believe it is the proper time to be constructing a new school.

9. The State of Delaware Auditor has suggested consolidating District office personnel into one District office for all the schools in Sussex County to save Administrative costs for education, which in Delaware appear excessive as compared to other states. what is your opinion on that?

I am willing to look at ways to conserve money, but I do not feel that a consolidated Sussex County School System will be good for our students or community. I believe most people enjoy the small town community of Delmar, and a consolidated district will remove local control of our school. The state will appoint the school board, and all of the decisions involving our school will be left up to people appointed by the state, who do not live in our community. This will affect our choices for school curriculum, sports, and arts programs. It will also present a problem with weather related cancellations and delays.

10. The trend seems to be to move more grades into the Delaware School district from the Wicomico County School. Do you see that continuing and do you think at some point the Wicomico County- Delmar School District consolidation agreement will cease and students from the two states will be taught only in their state?

I have a 5th grade student who moved to the middle/high school this past year. Moving the 5th grade caused more crowding in the school than anticipated, so I do not foresee any additional grade levels moving to DMSHS in the near future.

If grades Pre-K through 4 were to move to the Delaware side, it would take building a Delmar Delaware elementary school. I do not believe that the district should undertake such an expensive project at this time. The Delmar School district is a unique district, and while I believe that some day in the distant future, the schools may be divided by state, I do not think it will happen any time soon.

We are a unique district, and the Delmar community benefits from the Bi-State Agreement. Although, it sometimes creates challenges and causes frustration, I believe the Bi-State Agreement should be maintained.

Interview Question For Delmar Board Of Education Candidates - Joanne Gum

1. Please provide a brief summary of your background and your reasons for re-running.

I have lived in Delmar for 35 years. I would like to serve again for the Delmar School District Board of Education because of my interest in continuing to provide the best possible education for the students. I have had two daughters who graduated from Delmar, went to college and have done well in their professions. I attribute this to the public education in the Delmar School District. I have been very involved in our Race to the Top initiative and I would like to see it through to its completion. This involves collaboration with the union, district, and school board and because of this collaboration we were among 150 school districts to be chosen to go a national federal conference in Denver. This was underwritten by the Ford Foundation and did not cost the district any money.

2. What unique experiences or characteristics do you bring to the board that other members or candidates don't have?

I am a retired RN. I was very involved with the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scouts for 18 years and had served in many leadership positions both at the local and state levels. I have also held leadership positions in the PTA at the elementary level. I have served for many years as a volunteer at the elementary, middle and high schools. I have served on the Delmar School Board for the past 10 at the elementary level. I have served for many years as a volunteer at the elementary, middle and high schools. I have served on the Delmar School Board for the past 10 years. I have served as the president for the past three years. I have served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Delaware School Board Association with the last year as president

3. If re-elected do you have a top priority for the next five years?

I have three motivations for continuing to serve on the school board. I would like to continue to improve our student achievement. I would like to continue my active involvement with Race to the Top. My next priority is a current resolution before our state legislature to consolidate the school district from 19 to 5.

4. What is your vision for education in this community?

My vision for the community is to continue with our strong support and involvement with our school. Our school has many clubs in our school that do volunteer work in our community. We also have strong support from in our community for school events such as fifth grade orientation, back to school, sports and prom just to name a few. This closeness of our community and school is the envy of the state and I would to see this continue.

5. There is a lack of public attendance at the Board of Education meetings, however many people look at the school website for information on what is happening at the meetings. The website is notorious for parts of it not working or not being currently updated. How would you deal with communicating board policy and matters to the public in the future?

We do have a lack of public attendance at our Board of Education but it’s not due to lack of trying. When I speak at school events I usually invite the public to attend our board meetings. I am proud that I instituted two years ago the attendance of our president and vice president of our Student Government Association. This has provided us with a voice from the students. I feel this was important as the reason we are there is for the students. Our school website was recently revamped and is an ongoing project. I asked Dr. Ring about the posting of our board minutes and he assured me they were posted within 48 hours of the meeting

6. In dealing with the school district's operational budget, which areas have you explored for cost savings or expansion? Which, if any, areas should be protected from budget cuts?

In dealing with the operational budget we have looked at all areas for cost savings as the state has continued to reduce funding statewide. This has included band and sports with the last area to be cut directly involving the students. This is the reason we have started charging admission to our sporting events to make the sports more self sufficient

7. The Governor of Delaware signed a bill in 2009 requiring school systems in Delaware to begin publishing their check register(s) monthly on their website. The Delmar School District does not do this. As a Board member, would you work to bring the school district into conformance with the law?

The governor did sign a bill requiring all districts to post their monthly checking online. I agree I could not find access to this on our website. I called Dr. Ring and he was unaware of this problem. It can now be found under our financial area and this will take you to a DOE website where you can access all the school districts checkbooks.

8. The School district is looking for land to build a new school in the future. At present one spot mentioned is out by Susan Beach Road, west of town, what is your thoughts on that piece of land and building a new school?

The state requires a certain amount of land to build a school depending on the school being built. This state law would preclude any building within the town as there is no land area large enough to accommodate this

9. The State of Delaware Auditor has suggested consolidating District office personnel into one District office for all the schools in Sussex County to save Administrative costs for education, which in Delaware appear excessive as compared to other states. what is your opinion on that?

As stated above the state is now looking to consolidate the districts in the state from 19 to 5 this would result in loss of local control by the constituents and would end the neighbood feeling to our community

10. The trend seems to be to move more grades into the Delaware School district from the Wicomico County School. Do you see that continuing and do you think at some point the Wicomico County- Delmar School District consolidation agreement will cease and students from the two states will be taught only in their state?

We have worked very closely with the Wicomico County School Board and the Superintendent to have a continuing working Bi State agreement. I do not see the Bi State agreement ending.


Thank you for the opportunity to give my views on the reasons I am running for re-election.

Joanne Gum
Delmar School Board President
Delaware School Board President

Roll Out The Barrel



Today in 1939 The Andrew Sisters recorded 'Beer Barrel Polka.' Interestingly the only mention of beer is the last line where they call it the Beer Barrel Polka.

Sussex County Press Release

Learn about issues seniors, adults with disabilities face in Sussex County


Georgetown, DE (May 2, 2011): If you are 55 or older, if you are an adult with a physical disability, or if you know someone who is, Sussex County offers a forum in which you can voice your concerns to people who care – and who might be able to offer some guidance along the way.

The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities meets six times each year to discuss relevant topics affecting senior citizens and those with physical disabilities. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2011, at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, in Milford.

William Love, director of the Delaware Division of Services for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, will be the featured guest speaker at the meeting. He will discuss various services available in Delaware, with an emphasis on issues facing senior citizens, adults with disabilities and the State.

The Advisory Committee invites the public to attend the session. An open discussion, as well as a tour of the Delaware Hospice facility, will follow the featured presentation.

The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities is an 11-member panel established by the Sussex County Council to be an advocate for programs and policies that benefit older and disabled residents. The committee meets every other month, in January, March, May, July, September and November. All meetings are open to the public.

The Advisory Committee’s mission is to increase dialogue, make recommendations to Sussex County Council, and to give support, assistance and advice on significant issues and programs that may affect the lives of the county’s aging and adults with physical disabilities populations.

For more information, visit the Advisory Committee’s page at www.sussexcountyde.gov/committees.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Sailing Ram Ships of Bethel


Michael Morgan will talk on the Sailing Ram Ships that were built in Bethel. The talk is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 4th at the Laurel Public Library

Scrapple Sandwiches

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church (west of Laurel on RT24) is having a scrapple sandwich sale on Saturday May 7th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Upcoming High School Events

Junior-Senior Prom - The Junior-Senior Prom will be held on Saturday, May 7th. The Grand March will begin @ 5:30pm in the school auditorium.

After-Prom Party - Delmar High School will host the After-Prom Party Saturday, May 7th, from 10pm - 5am Sunday, May 8th.

High School Chorus - The high school chorus will present the spring concert on Thursday, May 12th @ 7pm in the school auditorium.

Senior's Last Day - The seniors will attend their last day of school on Wednesday, May 18th

Embezzlement

There has been the usual rash of embezzlement in the local papers.

The town clerk of Onancock, Colleen P. Reiber, was arrested April 19 and charged with embezzlement.

William Wilson Scott allegedly misappropriated $826,274 from three Ocean City Area Condo associations.

Latoshia Bailey bilked the town of Princess Anne out of $15,698.50 The Hon. Paula Price accepted the State's Attorney's Office plea agreement and only gave her three years supervised probation, and ordered her to repay the money in $300 monthly installments over 36 months ($10,800). Bailey, who now lives in Memphis, offered to write a $5,000 check so that brings the total that may be paid back to $15,800. I guess the extra $101.50 is for interest, fines and court cost - who are we kidding - at the minimum the woman should have had her left hand cut off for stealing - yet another one gets a way with a slap on the wrist - in Howard's world she wouldn't have a wrist to slap. This area needs a good vigilante committee to handle the job these overpaid and underworked State prosecutors and judges don't do.

The above are reasons why I look at online checkbook transactions and I think the Town of Delmar should be posting theirs on line, not just the school district. The more employees of any organization know many people are looking at them less theft occurs. I still think cutting their left hand off works good also.

One Less Question For The School Board Candidates

Foiled once again, one of the questions I had of the Board Of Education candidates was why the Delmar School district did not post their financial transactions (Check Registries) on their website as required by the General Assembly. Joanne Gum took the question to Dr David Ring who found there was a bad link. The link has now been fixed and if you go to it you can see the name, amount, and type of transaction on the check that the Delmar School District paid out.

If you log on to the Delmar Website (on the sidebar), click on Board of Education, click on Financial Transactions it will bring to directly to Office of Budget Management's (OMB) website. Scroll down to the Department of Education, click and scroll down to Delmar.

Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes

Patty Bullion, who lives in Alabama, started a facebook page to ID photos and documents that were found in her area. These items were tossed about by the tornado. Her Facebook page is called Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes."

She said many of the items that landed in her neighborhood appeared to be from Smithville, Miss., a town more than 100 miles to the southwest that was pounded by a massive tornado.

Basements are the key to saving lives

An interesting idea was posted by the KTVI-KPLR Staff in St. Louis, which compared the death toll between Alabama and other places hit by Tornadoes. They said Alabama houses don’t usually have basements, and when combine with a physically larger storm that extends for a mile, two miles wide and on the ground for hours at 300-mile -per-hour wind, a 250-mile-per-hour wind and you don’t have a basement to go to, you’re not coming out of that house.

An Observation

Recently, while buying cat food, I commented to my wife how cat food comes in fish, beef, turkey and chicken favors but you never see pork cat food. Her answer was all the left-over hog stuff you would normally make cat food out of is made into scrapple, so there is nothing left to make pork cat food.

Competition Bunny Hops


I recently was reading about competitive Bunny Hopping. It would seem in Europe they train rabbits to hop thru courses consisting of several small jumps of varying height and breadth -- not unlike horse jumping. The obstacle courses are broken down into the straight path, the crooked path, the Long Jump, the High Jump, The Score Jumping, Figure Jumping, and Ski Jumping (Images of tieing a rabbit to a ski and sending it down a mile long ski run comes to mind).


Well I have a rabbit. For the most part Prada is more of an eat, crap and sleep type bunny, but it's cage is set up in tiers so it does jump up and down all day.

Frankly the idea of competition jumping didn't appeal to her and trying to put the leash on her was a losing battle. So the dream of being a Kaninhop champion has passed on.


Yes I need to clean the rabbit cage out again.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month And Dr. Lori Dewald, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

Presidential Proclamation--National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month shines a spotlight on the important role physical activity plays in our Nation's health and wellness. Participation in sports can strengthen both body and mind, and all kinds of active pastimes can help improve physical and mental well being. During this month, we rededicate ourselves to educating, engaging, and empowering Americans of all backgrounds and abilities to live a healthy lifestyle.

Through the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, my Administration is encouraging Americans to make physical fitness and nutritious eating part of their daily lives. Regular physical activity and good nutrition are essential to staying healthy. A balanced diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of developing chronic and costly diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. For more information on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and for tips on exercise and nutrition, visit: www.Fitness.gov.

The health of our sons and daughters is key to our Nation's future. Unfortunately, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled over the past three decades, and nearly one in three children in our country is either overweight or obese. With the help of adults serving as role models and encouraging positive behaviors, we can give our children the healthy future they deserve and turn around these troubling statistics. Playing a game of basketball or taking a walk through a park with a child may seem like small steps, but they can have an immeasurable impact on the conduct and health of a young person. When children see people in their lives making healthful decisions and encouraging them to do the same, they are more likely to emulate those actions.

The First Lady's "Let's Move!" initiative is focused on solving the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation by inspiring children to be physically active and empowering parents and caregivers to make healthy choices for their families. In its first year, "Let's Move!" made great strides in building awareness around the issue of childhood obesity, mobilizing support, garnering commitments across the country, and encouraging Americans from every sector of our society to get involved. This progress reminds us of what is possible when we work together as a Nation to promote healthy habits.

During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, let us reaffirm our commitment to leading active lives and fostering healthy homes and communities for the next generation.

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 May 2011 as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. I call upon the people of the United States to make daily physical activity, sports participation, and good nutrition a priority in their lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA


That said, Dr. Lori Dewald, EdD, ATC, CHES, F-AAHE, Woodcreek resident and member of the Delmar Utility Commission, and possibly the only person I know that is from South Dakota will receive the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award given by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in New Orleans on June 21st. Please no jokes about athletic supports etc. this really is an honor for our local town resident. Congratulations Lori!!

National Charter Schools Week

Presidential Proclamation--National Charter Schools Week
In communities across our country, successful public charter schools help put children on the path to academic excellence by harnessing the power of new ideas, ground breaking strategies, and the collective involvement of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. During National Charter Schools Week, we recognize these institutions of learning and renew our commitment to preparing our children with the knowledge and skills they will need to compete in the 21st century.

The unique flexibility afforded to charter schools places them at the forefront of innovation and in a unique position to spark a dialogue with other public schools on how to organize teaching and learning and enhance curricula. As part of our strategy for strengthening public education, my Administration has supported charter schools and rewarded successful innovation, encouraging States to improve their laws and policies so students can thrive.

Equally important to a world class education system are actions taken by charter school authorizers and the charter community itself to strengthen effectiveness and deliver results that improve educational outcomes. My Administration will continue to encourage meaningful accountability, including closure of low performing charter schools and replication of advances and reforms made at high performing charter schools.

In order to win the global competition for new jobs and industries, we must win the global competition to educate our children. At their best, charter schools provide us with an opportunity to meet this challenge and produce the next generation of great American leaders.

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 May 1 through May 7, 2011, as National Charter School Week. I commend our Nation's charter schools, teachers, and administrators, and I call on States and communities to support charter schools and the students they serve.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

National Foster Care Month

Presidential Proclamation--National Foster Care Month
Progress in America can be measured by the opportunities we pass on to our children. For nearly half a million youth in foster care across our country, the best path to success we can give them is the chance to experience a loving home where they can feel secure and thrive. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a brighter future for foster youth, and we celebrate the selfless individuals who make a meaningful difference in their lives.

Young people in foster care are in the system through no fault of their own, and each of our Nation’s children deserves a stable home and a devoted family. Strong support structures provide children with the environment needed to learn, grow, and reach their greatest potential. Permanence is critical to the future success of foster youth and must be a key component of foster care initiatives.

My Administration is committed to achieving security for every child and supporting adolescents in foster care as they transition to adulthood. The Permanency Innovations Initiative, spearheaded by the Department of Health and Human Services, is providing support to public-private partnerships focused on decreasing the number of children in long-term foster care. Over the next 5 years, this program will invest $100 million in new intervention strategies to help foster youth move into permanent homes, test new approaches to reducing time spent in foster care placements, and remove the most serious barriers to finding lasting, loving environments. Over 110,000 children in foster care today are waiting to be adopted. Across America, there are families who need these children as much as these children need families. I encourage those interested in adopting a child in need of a home to explore the life-changing resources available at www.AdoptUSKids.org.

We are also investing in the health and well-being of our young people in foster care. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we have significantly increased funding for the Title IV-E adoption and foster care assistance program to provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children. As a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act I signed into law last year, all children enrolled in foster care automatically qualify for free meals in all Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs. Additionally, beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require States to extend Medicaid coverage up to age 26 for all youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

As a Nation, we all have a responsibility to remain persistent in the charge to provide the best care possible for children when they cannot remain in their own homes. During National Foster Care Month, we recognize the efforts of foster families, social workers, faith-based and community organizations, and others that are improving the lives of young people in foster care across our country, and I encourage all Americans to partake in efforts to serve these children in the year ahead.

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 May 2011 as National Foster Care Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by taking an active role in activities across our country that recognize not only these cherished children and youth, but also the commitment of so many that touch their lives at a most challenging time.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Jewish American Heritage Month

Presidential Proclamation--Jewish American Heritage Month
Since before our Nation's founding, America's shores have been a safe harbor for people seeking shelter, hope, and new lives free from persecution. Here, people of all faiths have broken bread, come together, and built a better future for their families. The Jewish story is intertwined with the American story one of overcoming great hardship, and one of commitment to building a more just world. This month, we embrace and celebrate the vast contributions Jewish Americans have made to our country.

Seeking a brighter future, a small band of Jewish refugees came to this land more than three centuries ago, to a place called New Amsterdam. Hundreds of years later, as Holocaust survivors and families caught behind the Iron Curtain made their way to America, their perseverance in the face of unimaginable tragedy inspired the world and proved that the Jewish people will not be defeated. Many endured bigotry even here, reminding us that we must continue to fight prejudice and violence at home and around the globe. In this spirit, President Truman recognized the small, fledgling nation of Israel within minutes of its creation. To this day, we continue to foster an unbreakable partnership with Israel, and we remain committed to pursuing peace in the region and ensuring Israel's security.

From those first days in New Amsterdam, Jewish Americans have dedicated their innovation, creativity, and hearts to the greater good contributing scientific accomplishments, pioneering works of literature and musical genius, and performing distinguished service in our Nation's military. Jewish Americans have defended our country since the days of the American Revolution as devoted service members and chaplains, and they continue to serve with distinction in our Armed Forces.

Nearly 70 years ago, during World War II, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester suffered an explosion at sea while carrying almost a thousand soldiers and civilian workers. On board were four Army chaplains two Protestant, one Catholic, and one Jewish. While the ship sank, the four chaplains gave their own life jackets to four men without any, calmed the wounded, and preached strength to the survivors, linking arms and praying together as the ship submerged. In a time of great need, these chaplains showed that their shared commitment to the lives of others was stronger than any division of faith or background.

This same spirit is found in the countless Jewish Americans who, through their every day actions, work to provide a better life for future generations by joining hands with all who seek equality and progress. This month, we remember that the history and unique identity of Jewish Americans is part of the grand narrative of our country, forged in the friendships and shared wisdom between people of different faiths.

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 May 2011 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.JewishHeritageMonth.gov to learn more about the heritage and contributions of Jewish Americans and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Presidential Proclamation--Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
This month, our Nation celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Our AAPI communities have roots that span the globe, but their stories of striving and success are uniquely American. As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize the entrepreneurship and fortitude of individuals who have helped build our country and shape the American dream for centuries.

Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have helped develop and defend the United States, often in the face of tremendous racial and cultural prejudice. Despite these difficulties, AAPI men and women struggled, sacrificed, and persevered to build a better life for their children and all Americans.

Today, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a profound impact on our society as leaders in all facets of American life, thriving as athletes and public servants, entrepreneurs and artists. Whether as small business owners or as proud members of the United States Armed Forces, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are helping to write the next chapter of the American story.

Although many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have achieved success, far too many still struggle to overcome obstacles of unemployment, poverty, and language barriers or face significant education, economic, and health disparities. To help address the diverse challenges affecting our AAPI communities, I reestablished the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Initiative coordinates the efforts of agencies throughout the Federal Government to promote increased access to and participation in Federal programs for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who remain underserved, so we can continue to be a Nation where all things are possible for all people. All Americans can visit www.AAPI.gov to learn more about the important work of this Initiative.

From our earliest days, intrepid men and women from the Asia Pacific region have forged enduring links between America and other nations as they moved across the Pacific. In today's globalized world, these bonds remain critical, reminding the United States of our rich shared history and integrated future with the dynamic Asia Pacific region. During Asian American and

Pacific Islander Heritage Month, let us celebrate the millions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders whose talents and contributions strengthen our economy, protect our security, and enliven our country every day.

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 May 2011 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.AsianPacificHeritage.gov to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Older Americans Month

Presidential Proclamation--Older Americans Month
Older Americans are now living longer, healthier, and richer lives than ever before. As the eldest of the baby boomers turn 65, our Nation can look forward to the contributions of a new generation of American seniors. Each year, we set aside the month of May to honor older Americans, celebrate their role in steering the course of our history, and recognize their valuable insights and wisdom.

The theme for this year's Older Americans Month, "Older Americans: Connecting the Community," reminds us that seniors are continually enriching lives and contributing to our country. This theme also highlights how technology, including social media and assistive devices, can help adults remain engaged in their communities and connected to friends and family who may live far away.

My Administration is committed to meeting the needs and aspirations of American seniors, both now and in the future. We are working to improve the health and well being of older men and women with a focus on preventive care and community living. The historic Affordable Care Act gives America's seniors greater freedom and control over their health care. In addition to benefitting from more comprehensive prescription drug coverage, most people with Medicare will now be able to receive an annual wellness visit and many critical preventive services for free, including certain cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies.

Today, millions of our Nation's seniors are making a significant difference in society, strengthening our communities through their service. Older Americans support the arts and serve meals at soup kitchens. They mentor our children and stock the shelves at food pantries and libraries. Programs supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Administration on Aging are working to connect men and women to community service, benefiting Americans of all ages. Interested individuals can visit www.SeniorCorps.gov for more information and local volunteer opportunities.

Having lived through many of our Nation's most challenging times, older Americans have shaped the story of America and secured the promise of our future. We are privileged to recognize these treasured citizens during Older Americans Month, and honor both the impact they have made and their accomplishments yet to come.

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 May 2011 as Older Americans Month. I invite Americans of all ages to acknowledge the contributions of older Americans during this month and throughout the year.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Law Day

Presidential Proclamation--Law Day, U.S.A.
At the core of our Nation's values is our faith in the ideals of equality and justice under law. It is a belief embedded in our most cherished documents, and honored by President Eisenhower when he established Law Day in 1958 as "a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law." Each Law Day, we uphold our commitment to the rule of law and celebrate its protection of the freedoms we enjoy.

This year, we pay tribute to one of America's Founders and our second President, John Adams. As a young attorney in colonial Massachusetts, John Adams was asked to represent a British officer and eight British soldiers charged with firing into a crowd and killing five men in the Boston Massacre. In the face of mass public outcry and at great personal risk, he accepted the case and showed the world that America is a nation of laws and that a fair trial is the right of all people.

President Adams' legacy of dedication to fairness and the rights of the accused has been carried forward by members of the legal profession for more than two centuries. It is championed by those who represent the accused and exemplified by women and men who are devoted to securing equal rights for all, both in America and around the world.

On this Law Day, I encourage all Americans to celebrate and reflect upon the example left to us by President John Adams and our centuries of adherence to the rule of law. In so doing, we help ensure future generations will inherit and promote the ideals that help move our Nation forward.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with Public Law 87 20, as amended, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2011, as Law Day, U.S.A. I call upon all Americans to acknowledge the importance of our Nation's legal and judicial systems with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to display the flag of the United States in support of this national observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Loyalty Day

Presidential Proclamation--Loyalty Day
When our Nation's Founders adopted the Declaration of Independence, they pledged to build a government that represented America's highest ideals, a Union that secured its people's sacred rights by "deriving [its] just powers from the consent of the governed." From the Revolutionary War to the formation of our young country, our Founders' commitment to this principle never wavered. In the fall of 1787, America launched its improbable experiment in democracy, embedding in our Constitution the core values of liberty, equality, and justice for all.

Throughout our proud history, Americans motivated by loyalty and fidelity to these principles have worked to perfect our Union. Our Constitution grants Americans unprecedented freedoms and opportunities. We are free to speak our minds, worship as we please, choose our leaders, and criticize them when we disagree. The liberties enshrined in our founding documents define us as a people and a Nation, ensuring that every American with the drive to work hard and play by the rules has the chance to build a better life for their children and grandchildren.

For over two centuries, Americans have looked with pride and devotion on a Nation that reflects its people's highest moral aspirations. On this day, we celebrate our brave men and women in uniform and honor those who gave their lives to keep our country safe and free. We also reflect on the contributions of patriotic civilians united by an understanding that citizenship is not just a collection of rights, but also a set of responsibilities.

The ideals upheld by our forebears have stirred the resolute devotion of the American people and inspired hope in the hearts of people from across the globe. With trust in a future that keeps faith with our history, we remain true to the promise of America and the spirit that unites us all.

In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day." On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2011, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA