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Petitioning Department of Education, Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss and 5 others

Issue Proclamation Declaring August as National Kid's Awareness, Activities & Acknowledgment Month

WE SPEAK NOW!

Saying these three simple words could very well change the course of our country on important issues like Nutrition, Fitness, Literacy, Life skills and Public Service.

Together, we can petition Kids, Parents, Business Leaders, Atheletes, Celebrities, Politicians and The President of the United States to proclaim August as National Kid's Awareness, Activities and Awareness Month.  Visit our web site:  www.16ThingsKidsCanDo.Org

Additionally, we encourage emails, letters, and videos from kids around the country expressing their enthusiasm and support for the establishment of this program.

"But to make the impact we need to have this type of sea-change, we need the support of you and your network. So, please take some time to write personal note and send this out to your family, friends and associates. If you can do more — whether it's in the form of a testimonial email or letter, a link on your website or a donation of time or dollars — Every person counts and every bit helps."

        -- Lyle Benjamin, Director
 
Children are the foundation for the stability, growth and ultimate success of society. Yet all too often they are not given the tools they need to succeed, especially regarding problems they inherit from previous generations. “16 Things Kids Can Do” is designed to provide an on-going network of books, programs, events and activities that educate and empower Kids, People and The Planet to be proactive throughout their lives on a host of fundamental issues ... subjects like health, nutrition, fitness, education, business, volunteering, the environment and life skills. And when kids and people are empowered, they can help change family and peer dynamics as well.

Everyone knows there is a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day. But how about a Kid’s Day? Surprise, surprise, there is, and the fact that no one knows about it is only part of the problem according to Lyle Benjamin, the Director of the organization “16 Things Kids Can Do.” Benjamin thinks that kids are getting a raw deal from their parents, adults, and society in general ... As this generation of children grows into adults they will contend with an array of the most difficult problems (widening educational gap, global warming, mounting debt, obesity, diabetes, energy crisis, etc.) this country has faced over an extended period of time on core issues such as Nutrition, Health, Education, Environmental and Life Skills.

While parents, schools and religious organizations do their best to educate their youth, there is no concerted effort to engage the children in a unified systematic approach while at the same time acknowledging, educating, and rewarding these children for their efforts in exploring, learning, and working towards solutions to problems they effectively inherited Having the President establish August as NKAAAM coincides with kids, parents and school schedules, and provides a pathway to growth, development, maturity and success that will have significant rewards during the following school-year, and beyond for all concerned.

Each week in August focuses on one of four key issues:
Week 1: Health & Fitness
Week 2: Nutrition & Wellness
Week 3: Public Service
Week 4: Literacy & Life Skills

Organizations, companies, agencies, and associations would sponsor sanctioned events, workshops, seminars, meetings, activities and programs relating to these areas. 

The on-going goals are to:
1) Bring additional attention to these subjects
2) Create educational mechanisms that encourage voluntary participation by kids
3) Acknowledge said participation, and lastly
4) Foster attitudes and environments that help perpetuate commitment to these issues

Letter to
Department of Education, Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss
Dept. of Ed., White House Liaison Director Sam Myers, Jr.
President Barack Obama
and 3 others
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to President Obama asking him to issue a proclamation declaring August as National Kid's Awareness, Activities & Acknowledgment Month!

There is no question that as this generation of children grows into adults they will contend with the most difficult issues this country has ever faced over an extended period of time.



While parents, schools and religious organizations do their best to educate their youth, there is no concerted effort to engage the children in a unified systematic approach to the core issues - while at the same time acknowledging, educating, and rewarding these children for their efforts in exploring, learning, and working towards solutions to problems they effectively inherited.



Establishing a NATIONAL KID'S AWARENESS, ACTIVITIES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT MONTH in August, coincides with the children's, parents and school schedules and provides a pathway to growth, development, maturity and success that will have tremendous rewards during the following school-year and beyond, for all concerned.



We propose that each week in August would focus on one of four key issues:

Week 1: Health & Fitness

Week 2: Nutrition & Wellness

Week 3: Public Service

Week 4: Literacy & Life Skills



Organizations, companies, agencies, and associations will be encouraged to hold events, workshops, seminars, meetings, activities and programs relating to these areas.

Additionally, both programs and parents will be encouraged to acknowledge and reward individual achievements at various points along the process.



To this end we have already received letters in support of this program from the following organizations: New York Urban Debate League (NYUDL), ALOUD, Impact Coalition. And the number boarding the Express is growing even as you read this.



Additionally, we encourage emails, letters, and videos from kids and people around the country expressing their wholehearted enthusiasm and support for the establishment of this program.



Just to recap, the on-going goals of NATIONAL KID'S AWARENESS, ACTIVITIES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT MONTH are to:


1) bring additional attention to these subjects
2) create educational mechanisms that encourage voluntary participation by kids
3) acknowledge said participation, and lastly
4) foster attitudes and environments that help perpetuate commitment to these issues.



I thank you in advance for your help bringing this Proclamation request to your Family, Friends, Co-Workers, Educators, Organizations, Celebrities, Governor, Senators, Representatives and the President, and we look forward to truly effecting a sea change in our culture over these important issues.


Sincerely,