Geography Awareness Week Slated for Nov. 16-22

November 13, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education, along with the state Department of Education are encouraging teachers to take their students on a virtual whirlwind tour of the world in celebration of National Geography Awareness Week Nov. 16 through the 22.

Established in 1987 by President Ronald Regan, Geography Awareness Week promotes the importance of geography in schools and among the general public.  
“Geography plays such an important role in our children’s education,” said state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine. “In the 21st century, geography is much more than the location of different lands and waters. It is necessary to help our children understand different cultures and languages so that they can truly be successful in the global economy.”  
National Geographic is hosting a range of geography-related activities during the week in an effort to give kids the power of global knowledge. The activities are designed to engage kids in exploring their world while they become more informed global citizens.
Teachers can lead students on a geo-tour of global hotspots on a virtual globe, including polar regions, coral reefs, and great cities. They can explore the earth's marine ecosystems as they pilot an underwater vehicle, all while hearing from other young people living and working around the world.
These activities and other teacher resources are posted on
“A sound knowledge of geography is essential for understanding global events and their impact on the rest of the world,” Paine said.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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