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in the State of Colorado.

GIVEN under my hand and the

Executive Seal of the State of
Colorado, this first day of
October, 2014
John W. Hickenlooper
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 to 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 Month serves to remind us of the importance
of school safety;

Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby
proclaim the October, 2014,