EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
STATE OF CALIFORNIA

A PROCLAMATION
by the
Governor of the State of California


WHEREAS, literacy is an important skill that must be nurtured in the individual, in the workplace, in the community and within the family; and

WHEREAS, the level of literacy needed to function in the workplace, the community and the home has risen steadily with the advance of technology and the information age; and

WHEREAS, it is important that California's adults and their families gain the skills needed for literacy and develop an appreciation for the written word as a means for work-related training, general information and enjoyment; and

WHEREAS, by making a commitment to their own literacy development, adult learners in California are demonstrating their willingness to overcome barriers in their quest to improve their lives and their many communities; and

WHEREAS, the State of California is hosting a statewide Adult Learner Literacy Conference at which learners who reflect the diversity of our state in ethnicity, age, and gender while at the same time representing the full range of literacy providers, have come together to celebrate their achievements and to develop common goals and a unified voice; and

WHEREAS, California, which remains a national leader in promoting adult and family literacy and the importance of reading and life long learning, takes great pace in celebrating the contributions of adult learners to our state and recognizing the difficult and long road which many of them have traveled in order to become more literate as adults;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PETE WILSON, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim March 9, 1996 as Adult Learner Day in California in honor of those adults who come forward, often against many odds, to seek and receive literacy services, and urge all adults and literacy service providers in California to continue to model literacy as a critical tool for achieving the best that life can offer.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 2nd day of February 1996.

Governor of California

ATTEST:

Secretary of State