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WHEREAS, education is paramount to the future of this state and nation; and WHEREAS, excellence in education and academic

achievement is dependent on safe, secure, and respectful learning environments; and WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of all students, teachers and school staff can be jeopardized by crime and violence, bullying, aggression, substance abuse, suicide concerns, gang activity, vandalism and absenteeism in our schools; and WHEREAS, it is important for all community leaders public, private, law enforcement, fire safety, emergency management, business and non-profit join with educators and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center to help ensure that our schools remain safe, positive environments, conducive to learning; and WHEREAS, the observance of Safe Schools Week serves to remind us of the importance of school safety; Therefore, I, John Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim October 16-22, 2011,


in the State of Colorado.

GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this ninth day of May, 2011

John Hickenlooper Governor